UCF Softball Drops a Pair at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic

GO KNIGHTS Freshman Brittanne Gasser and the rest of the Knights will look to bounce back on day two of the Sportco Kick-Off Classic
Freshman Brittanne Gasser and the rest of the Knights will look to bounce back on day two of the Sportco Kick-Off Classic

Feb. 8, 2013

Final Stats

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By Andrew Jennette

The UCF softball team (0-2) kicked off the 2013 campaign on Friday, but it did not get the result it was hoping for as it dropped both games of a doubleheader vs. Texas Tech and DePaul on the opening day of the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Knights were defeated by the Red Raiders in the opening game of the tournament, 12-4, before being topped by the Blue Demons, 11-0.

Game 1: Texas Tech 12, UCF 4 (Five Innings) - Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

Freshman Shelby Turnier made her NCAA debut and had some quality moments, including striking out the side in the first inning. However, it was a tough morning in the field for the Knights as four errors and six passed balls led to seven unearned runs. Turnier finished the day going three innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out five.

UCF forged its way into the hit column for the 2013 season in the bottom of the second on a Madeline Schroeder leadoff single up the middle. After taking third on a Danielle Brewer sacrifice bunt, she was brought in by freshman Jasmine Acevedo who hit a sacrifice fly deep into the corner in right field to plate the first run for the Knights in 2013.

The Black and Gold got a big pinch-hit, three-run bomb from senior Hailey Barraco in the top of the fifth inning, but left the bases loaded in the frame and were unable to get any closer on the scoreboard. The home run was the first of Barraco’s career and the first extra-base hit of the season for the Knights.

Game 2: DePaul 11, UCF 0 (Five innings) - Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

Freshmen Mariah Garcia and Acevedo each picked up their first-career hits with third-inning singles. However, these were two of just four hits in the game for the Knights as the offense was unable to get on track in the afternoon contest. Freshman Kaitlyn Steckel, transitioning to softball full time after a year with the UCF women’s soccer team, swiped the first base of her career in the game.

Fellow freshman Mackenzie Huhn became the first left-handed pitcher to see action for the Knights since 2004 when she pitched two innings of relief of Turnier. Turnier was tagged with her second loss of the day she allowed nine runs in three innings of work.  

The Knights return to action at on Saturday with games against No. 18 Louisville and host UNLV at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

The Black and Gold will play 28 home games at the UCF Softball Complex, with season tickets for the 2012 season costing only $30. Tickets are available for purchase online at UCFAthletics.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000.