Feb. 23, 2014
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By Nate Blythe
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF junior pitcher Mackenzie Audas tossed a five-hit complete game, but Virginia Tech scored the only run of the contest on a RBI triple by Amanda Ake in the bottom of the sixth on Sunday at Rhoads Stadium.
Audas and freshman shortstop Brittany Solis were named to the Easton Bama Bash All-Tournament Team. Solis turned three double plays and knocked in two runs against McNeese State, while Audas was fantastic in the circle to keep a potent Alabama offense in check for long stretches.
A pair of hits for UCF (8-5) were notched by sophomore catcher Samantha McCloskey. The Knights moved a runner into scoring position in each of the first four innings against Virginia Tech (7-5), but were unable to come up with a key hit to get on the scoreboard.
The Hokies received seven innings from Maggie Tyler, who fanned three and gave up four hits to improve to 3-2. Each of the five hits for Virginia Tech were from a different player.
UCF turned a two double plays to increase its season total to six. Solis ranged out in shallow left behind the bag at third to make a difficult catch on a soft liner and quickly threw the ball to second before the runner reached the bag in the fifth.
In the sixth, a heads up play by McCloskey behind the plate led to a double play on a squeeze bunt. The Palm Harbor, Fla., native tagged the runner coming home and fired the ball to first to get the batter, who was slow getting up the line.
The first career double was tallied by freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman in the first inning.
Junior outfielder Maddy Schroeder notched a hit to center in the seventh. She stole second and moved to third on a ground out with two away before Virginia Tech ended the game on a pop u[ to short.
The Knights return to the UCF Softball Complex on Friday for a doubleheader against SIUE and Princeton beginning at 10 a.m. The Holiday Inn/UCF Tournament continues on Mar. 1 with College of Charleston and SIU facing the Knights.