April 11, 2015
By Megan Herboth
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) -- Senior Mackenzie Audas turned in a record performance as the No. 17 UCF softball team swept Saturday's doubleheader against Houston at the UCF Softball Complex. Audas set the program record with 72 career wins and used her schoolrecord fifth no-hitter to accomplish the feat.
UCF (39-6, 10-1 AAC) opened the weekend series with a 2-0 win in the early game before Audas and the UCFoffense posted a 13-0 win in the second game of the day.
"It's kind of cool how (the records) happened," Audas said. "It makes it memorable. It feels good to set these records. I was able to go out there and help my team succeed."
Audas entered the weekend tied with Allison Kime in both wins and no-hitters. She fanned seven batters with just two walks in the five-inning game to claim both records as her own. The Plant City, Fla., native tossed her second no-hitter of the season and her first against an American Atheltic Conference opponent.
"We were always rooting for the no-hitter," UCF head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. "We knew she had a record-breaking opportunity there. We try to keep it quiet in the dugout so she can take it one pitch at a time and stay focused on what we need to do at that moment. She did that and these were the results."
Game 1: UCF 2, Houston 0
In the first game of the day, the Knights went to work early. Senior Farrah Sullivan drew a four-pitch walk with two outs in the bottom of the first to extend the inning. After a passed ball moved Sullivan to second, sophomore Brittany Solis gave the Knights a 1-0 lead with an RBI single up the middle.
The game turned into a pitcher's duel after the first inning. Junior Shelby Turnier allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort. She struck outthree batters in her 20th win of the season.
UCF added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend its lead over the Cougars. Senior Maddy Schroeder singled to third base and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Sophomore Linnea Goodman's single through the left side allowed Schroeder to score and pushed the Black and Gold advantage to 2-0.
Houston was retired in order in the top of the sixth and the top of the seventh, giving UCF the 2-0 victory.
UCF 13, Houston 0
The UCF bats warmed up in the second game of the day. After stranding runners in the first and second innings, the Knights broke the game open in the bottom of the third.
The Knights plated 10 runs in the inning, marking just the fourth time in program history that the team has scored double digitruns in a single inning and the first time that it has come in the third inning.
Linnea Goodman started the Knights with a leadoff walk. Back-to-back bunts from seniors Kahley Novak and Farrah Sullivan loaded the bases for Brittany Solis. A fielder's choice put Solis on first and allowed a pair of runs to score. A sacrifice bunt from junior Jessica Ujvari moved the runners to second and third for junior Samantha McCloskey, who scorched a ball up the middle for an RBI single.
Junior Kalyn Cenal followed with a double to right center, scoring McCloskey and Solis to extend the UCF lead to 5-0. Sophomore Willow Kalinen's base hit put runners on the corners with one out in the inning. A Houston fielding error allowed junior pinch runner Kirsten Foster to score and return UCF to thetop of the lineup.
Consecutive hits from Goodman and Novak pushed the UCF lead to 8-0. A second Cougar error allowed the Knights to take a 9-0 lead. Ujvari's sacrifice fly allowed Novak to score for the 10th run of the inning.
A three-run bottom of the fourth added to the UCF lead. Cenal took her base after being hit by a pitch and redshirt sophomore Jasmine Acevedo doubled to left center to put runners on second and third with no outs. Sophomore Andrea Neswiacheny scored Cenal with a single up the middle. Acevedo scored on a groundout to make it a 12-0 game. Sullivan's RBI single to right center allowed the final run of the game to score.
Audas closed the game with two consecutive strikeouts, sealing UCF's series win over the Cougars and her career records.
UCF Softball, which is presented by City Kia of Greater Orlando, goes for the sweep of Houston tomorrow.First pitch in Sunday's single game is slated for 11 a.m. at the UCF Softball Complex.