Ujvari's Grand Slam Ignites UCF Softball Sweep of Boston College and Jacksonville



March 5, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Sophomore pinch hitter Jessica Ujvari belted her second-career grand slam in the fifth to push UCF to a 9-1 run-rule victory over Boston College. The Knights finished off the sweep with a 4-2 win over Jacksonville as sophomore pitcher Shelby Turnier notched the victory and game-winning triple in the fifth at the UCF Softball Complex.

In the circle, junior Mackenzie Audas (5-6) fanned eight and gave up just an unearned run against Boston College (8-7). Turnier (7-1) continued the impressive pitching performance with 11 strikeouts in the three-hit complete game vs. Jacksonville (8-9).

The offense started hot with freshman shortstop Brittany Solis notching a bases loaded double to help the Knights take a 4-0 lead in the first vs. the Eagles.

Junior outfielder Kahley Novak and Turnier each notched a multi-hit game for the Knights during the doubleheader.

The UCF Spring Fling, the final of four tournaments hosted at the UCF Softball Complex, begins on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with the Knights taking on UT Martin.

Game One: UCF 9, Boston College 1 (5 inn.)

UCF scored a season-high nine runs in a five-inning victory over Boston College. A four-run first and a grand slam by Je. Ujvari capped the scoring for the Knights.

The Eagles moved a pair of runners into scoring position during the first inning with one out following a stolen base, but Audas was able to strike out the side to end the threat.

A lead off bunt single by Novak started the Knights off in the bottom of the frame. After a walk issues to Goodman, sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia reached on an error by the left fielder on a dropped fly to load the bases with no outs.

Just when it appeared that hurler Jordan Weed was going to get out of the jam, Solis came through in the clutch with a double into the left center field gap with two away to clear the bases. The lead was extended to 4-0 on a single by junior outfielder Maddy Schroeder on a hit that got past the first baseman down the right field line.

After loading the bases and coming up empty in the third, UCF did it again the fifth inning on a single through the left side by Garcia and a pair of walks drawn by sophomore catcher McCloskey and Solis.

Head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie elected to go with pinch hitter Je. Ujvari, who connected on a grand slam that just cleared the fence down the left field line. It was the second career grand slam for the Pensacola native, who hit one as a member of USC Upstate against Kentucky as a freshman.

The Knights implemented the eight-run rule with a single into right field by Novak as sophomore pinch hitter Taylor Wagner, who drew a walk and stole second, crossed the plate.

Jordan Weed (3-2) was credited with the loss for the Eagles and fanned three. Nicole D'Argento disrupted the shutout with an RBI double to left center in the fifth.

Game Two: UCF 4, Jacksonville 2

Turnier registered the victory for the UCF and sent home the game-winning run in the fifth to lift the Knights in a 4-2 victory over Jacksonville.

A big insurance run was added in the sixth as McCloskey doubled in Novak to provide Turnier with a two-run cushion in the seventh. The Palm Beach Gardens native navigated around a leadoff triple to strikeout the side.

After moving a runner to third following a walk and hit batter in the first, the Knights were unable to break through in the first.

A one-out single by Je. Ujvari set the table in the second for a big inning in the second as sophomore pinch runner Blaire Kelley stole second and free passes drawn by Turnier and Novak filled the bases. A blooper caught by the left fielder ended the frame for the Dolphins.

In the third, Solis came through with an RBI single through the left side, scoring McCloskey, who drew a one-out walk.

The Dolphins responded in the fourth inning with a two-run homer by Cecile Gomez off the foul pole down the left field line, 2-1. A leadoff walk came around to score on the round tripper.

Rallying in the fifth were the Knights with a walk to McCloskey and junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan reaching on a fielder's choice where no out was recorded. The runners moved into scoring position on a productive ground out.

With two outs, the pitcher, Turnier, came through with a two-run triple down the line in left that eluded the left fielder and put the Knights on top, 3-2.

Earning the loss was Taylor Roman (0-3) for the Dolphins with two strikeouts in four innings. Lexie Ballard tallied a pair of hits for Jacksonville.