Novak Sets Steals Record as UCF Softball Races Past SIUE 4-1


GO KNIGHTS Freshman Lauren Dannelley earned the first save of her career on Tuesday.
GO KNIGHTS
Freshman Lauren Dannelley earned the first save of her career on Tuesday.
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March 5, 2013

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By Andrew Jennette
UCFAthletics.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Sophomore Kahley Novak set a new UCF single-game record with five stolen bases as the UCF softball team raced past SIUE, 4-1, on Tuesday at the UCF Softball Complex. The Knights (13-8) stole seven bases overall and now have 65 as a team on the year.

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Freshman Shelby Turnier got the midweek nod for the Knights and responded with a strong effort as she earned her seventh win of the season. The Palm Beach Gardens native went six innings and allowed just four hits and one unearned run while walking one and striking out six. Turnier now leads the Knights in both wins and ERA (2.18). Freshman Lauren Dannelley pitched a scoreless seventh for the first save of her collegiate career. The young Texan now has only allowed one run in 4.2 relief innings this year.

The star of the game, however, was Novak. Moving back into her customary leadoff spot after a game in two hole, Novak went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a pair of walks. She got the Knights on the board first in the third inning earning her third RBI of the season after coaxing a bases-loaded walk. In the fourth, Novak drew another walk and immediately stole second and third. With her fastest runner just 60 feet from home, head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie dialed up a suicide squeeze attempt with freshman Mariah Garcia at the plate. However, the 3-2 pitch was low and Garcia did not offer as she took a walk. This left Novak, running on the pitch, halfway down the line in a rundown situation. When the catcher threw back to third, the Clermont native immediately broke for home and slide in just ahead of the tag at the plate for the straight steal of home.  Novak tied and then immediately broke the theft record in the sixth after taking second and third again after reaching on a lead-off bunt single.

Freshman cleanup hitter Kalyn Cenal provided additional offense in the fourth when she ripped a two-out RBI single through the right side to score Garcia. The Tampa native has flourished in clutch situations as she is hitting a team-high .333 with nine RBI with two outs. Sophomore Maddy Schroeder continued her hot hitting as she went 2-for-3, increasing her batting average to a team-best .362.

The Knights return to action Wednesday as the UCF round robin midweek event continues. UCF plays Boston College at 3 p.m. followed immediately by a showdown with No. 14 Michigan.

The Black and Gold will play two of their 16 remaining home games at the UCF Softball Complex this weekend, with season tickets for the 2013 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 407-823-1000.


 

 

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