UCF Softball Starts Campaign 3-0 after Victory over Fordham



Feb. 9, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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ORLANDO, Fla. - UCF sophomore catcher Kalyn Cenal registered the go-ahead two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth in a 2-1 victory over Fordham on Sunday at the UCF Softball Complex. The contest wrapped up the six-team UCF Knights Invitational.

After sophomore pitcher Jamie Ujvari tossed the first two innings, junior Mackenzie Audas came on in relief to notch the victory and improve to 2-0. The Plant City, Fla., native tallied seven strikeouts in five frames, yielding four hits.

The high-powered Fordham offense tallied seven hits, including a 3-for-3 performance by Gabby Luety. Michelle Daubman limited the Knights to two hits and fanned one.

Fordham, a 2013 NCAA Tournament team, opened the contest with a leadoff single by Canessa. A RBI base knock through the left side by Luety put the Rams on top. Ja. Ujvari struck out a two batters looking to retire the side with the bases loaded.

The Knights' defense stood behind Ja. Ujvari in the second as junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan saved extra bases by snatching a liner that would have been extra bases. Junior left fielder Kahley Novak ended the top of the second with a catch at the base of the fence.

Head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie made a change in the circle during the third inning to bring in Audas, who tossed a complete-game shutout vs. Kansas.

The fourth frame started off for UCF with Novak reaching on a mistake by the first baseman. Following a stolen base, Sillivan singled up the middle and Novak was out on the play at the plate, but was placed on second following an obstruction call on the third baseman.

With a second life and a pair of runners in scoring position after a stolen base, Cenal delivered a two-run single down the right field line to put the Knights on top.

The Knights take their first road trip of the campaign on Wednesday at North Florida. Live stats and audio can be found on UCFKnights.com

UCF hosts the six-team UCF/Holiday Inn Invitational that begins at 9 a.m. on Friday with James Madison taking on Florida A&M. The Knights play a doubleheader against Middle Tennessee and Delaware at 6 p.m.