Home Run Hitters

April 17, 2015

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By Megan Herboth

UCF-Memphis Game One Box Score

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UCFKnights.com) -- No. 15 UCF Softball had no trouble putting the ball in play at the Tiger Softball Stadium on Friday. The Knights hit six home runs on the day as UCF swept a doubleheader with Memphis. The Black and Gold improved to 42-6 overall, with a 13-1 record in the American Athletic Conference.

"The girls came out with great focus and determination," UCF head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. "It really showed, with five of our nine batters combining for six home runs.I was seeing the confidence at the plate. I'm realizing that they are preparing for the postseason. This is a great start for them to keep building on for the rest of the season."

Junior Kalyn Cenal, senior Farrah Sullivan and sophomore Brittany Solis each homered as UCF opened the weekend series with an 8-3 win. In the second game of the day, Cenal homered again and was joined by junior Jessica Ujvari and senior Kahley Novak as the Knights won 9-0 in five innings.

Game One: No. 15 UCF 8, Memphis 3
The Knights jumped on the Tigers in the first game, scoring three runs in the first inning. Kahley Novak reached on a base hit and Farrah Sullivan drew a walk to put a pair on for UCF. Brittany Solis scored Novak on an RBI single to right field.

After Jessica Ujvari walked to load the bases, Kalyn Cenal singled to left field, scoring Sullivan and Solis and giving the Knights an early 3-0 lead.

UCF extended its lead in the top of the fourth with a solo home run from Cenal. Her team-leading seventh homer pushed the Black and Gold advantage to 4-0.

Memphis plated its first run in the bottom of the fourth to cut into UCF's lead. Lindsay Crowdus' leadoff triple put the runner on third. A groundout allowed Crowdus to score and make it a 4-1 game heading to the fifth inning.

Sullivan made up for the run with a solo home run in the top of the fifth. With one out in the inning, she turned a 0-2 pitch into a blast to left field. Memphis responded with runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth inning to pull within 5-3 heading to the seventh inning.

Novak opened the seventh with a standing triple to right center and scored on an RBI single from Sullivan. Solis' fifth home run of the season, and UCF's third of the game, was a two-run shot to left field, extending the Black and Gold lead to 8-3.

The UCF defense closed out the game strong. A groundout, a diving catch from senior Maddy Schroeder and a line drive to Solis retired the Tigers in order, sealing the series-opening win for the Knights.

Shelby Turnier (22-5) tossed her 19th complete game of the season, striking out seven batters while allowing six hits.

UCF-Memphis Game Two Box Score
Game Two: No. 15 UCF 9, Memphis 0 (5 innings)
UCF carried its momentum into the second game of the day. A throwing error allowed Linnea Goodman to reach and advance to second. Brittany Solis scored her with a single up the middle to give the Knights a 1-0 lead after the first inning.

Jessica Ujvari extended the Black and Gold margin in the top of the third with a three-run blast to left field. Kahley Novak opened the inning with a walk before stealing second. Farrah Sullivan's bunt put runners on the corners for Ujvari, who scored the trio with her sixth homer of the season.

Back-to-back singles from Maddy Schroeder and Goodman opened UCF's fourth inning. An illegal pitch allowed Schroeder to score and the Knights to push their lead to 5-0.

Cenal homered for the second time on Friday with one out in the top of the fifth. Her solo shot extended UCF's lead to 6-0. With two outs in the fifth, Schroeder and Goodman used consecutive base hits to put a pair of runners on for Novak. The senior second baseman sped around the bases as her hit rolled down the left field line. The Clermont, Fla., native scored on the inside-the-park three-run homer, the first of her career.

Senior Mackenzie Audas, who struck out six consecutive batters in the win, saw her no-hitter come to an end with one out in the bottom of the fifth. She closed out the game with her eighth strikeout as UCF completed the sweep of the doubleheader.

UCF Softball, which is presented by City Kia of Greater Orlando, concludes the weekend with a single game against the Tigers on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.