Four-Run Fifth Led UCF Softball over McNeese State, 5-2



Feb. 21, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ( - Freshman shortstop Brittany Solis keyed a four-run fifth inning for UCF softball with a two-RBI single that lead to a 5-2 victory over McNeese State in the opening game of the Easton Bama Bash at Rhoads Stadium. The Knights (8-1) posted four runs on five hits in the fourth to notch the come-from-behind win against McNeese State (7-6).

UCF is back in action later today against No. 7/9 Alabama at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the contest with video, audio and live stats.

A four-hit, complete-game victory with 12 strikeouts was tallied by sophomore Shelby Turnier, who improved to 4-0 on the season. She fanned two batters in each inning, except for the sixth, which was a 1-2-3 frame on seven pitches.

Junior outfielder Kahley Novak continued a strong start to the season with a 3-for-3 performance including a double and one walk. Solis reached base in each of her plate appearances with a single and two walks.

The Cowgirls were paced by Lauren Langner with two hits and a run each produced by Ashley Modzelewski and Kim Kennedy. The loss was credited to Emily Vincent (1-2), who gave up four runs in 0.2 innings of work.

In the second inning, Katie Roux doubled to left and eventually scored the first run on a single up the middle by Kennedy.

With the bases loaded in the third and no outs, Turnier and the UCF defense changed the momentum of the game by getting out of the jam by letting just one run cross the plate. Sophomore first baseman Samantha McCloskey dove to catch a bunt that was popped up for the second out, then a strikeout ended the threat.

The Knights responded at the plate in the third as sophomore outfielder Maddy Schroeder led off by reaching on a mistake and stole second. A bunt single put runners at the corners for freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman to bring home a run with a sac fly, which was tracked down by the centerfielder with an over-the-shoulder catch.

During the fourth, UCF drew three walks, but was unable to pick up a key hit to tie the lead.

The big fifth inning for the Knights began with Novak singling to center field and stealing a pair of bases to move 60 feet away. Sullivan singled to right field to knot the contest at two after a walk drawn by Goodman.

A smart play was made by Turnier at the plate to send a bunt towards the first baseman with no one to cover the base for a hit. McCloskey broke out of a slump with a single down the left field line that stretched the lead to 5-2.

Novak opened the sixth with her first extra-base hit of the season, a double, to left, but would be stranded in the frame.

The Knights return to the UCF Softball Complex on Feb. 28 for a doubleheader against SIUE and Princeton at 10 a.m. The Holiday Inn/UCF Tournament continues on Mar. 1 with College of Charleston and SIU facing UCF.



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