Coach Gillispie Notches 700th Career Win in Wednesday Sweep


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March 12, 2014

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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF head softball coach Renee Luers-Gillispie recorded her 700th-career victory in a 2-0 shutout of Florida Atlantic. The Knights saw junior Farrah Sullivan drive in three runs in the 4-0 win over Yale.

Coach Gillispie has a 701-521-3 overall mark in 23 seasons guiding UCF (13th), Texas Tech (4), Bradley (3) and Julliet (Ill.) Junior College (3). The Knights' leader started the program in 2002 and has amassed a 444-319-1 mark.

Coming off a school-record 16-strikeout performance in the circle vs. Bowling Green on March 9, junior Shelby Turnier tossed her second-consecutive, one-hit shutout against Florida Atlantic (18-12) to improve to 10-1 on the season. She fanned four in the contest that matched her career-best in hits allowed.

Earning a start after a strong relief outing against Southern Illinois, sophomore Jamie Ujvari notched her first win at UCF. The Pensacola native, who won 20 games a year ago at USC Upstate, fanned four in five frames before freshman Lena Springer came in to earn her first-career save with two punch outs in two frames of work.

Multi-hit games were tallied by juniors outfielder Kahley Novak and third baseman Farrah Sullivan, sophomores designated player Jessica Ujvari and first baseman Samantha McCloskey, freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman during the doubleheader as the Knights racked up five doubles and 17 hits.

UCF completes a five-game week on Thursday with a doubleheader against FIU and No. 22 Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. The Fighting Irish and Panthers open the day against each other at 1 p.m.

Game One: UCF 2, Florida Atlantic 0

The milestone win No. 700 came for coach Gillispie as Turnier tossed a one-hit shutout of Florida Atlantic. Je. Ujvari and Garcia drove in the pair of runs for the Knights.

UCF scattered three hits over the first three innings by Novak, Je. Ujvari and freshman Brittany Solis.

The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on three hits. Novak began the rally with a one-out double that was caught up in the blustrious wind and fell in front of the left fielder, then Goodman registered a two-base hit to put a pair of runners in scoring position.

Whitely Herb notched the only base hit for the Owls to open the fourth inning.

In the fifth frame, A productive groundout by Je. Ujvari put the Knights ahead before a single to right by sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia added an insurance run to put the Knights ahead 2-0.

The loss was credited to Kylee Hanson (5-6), who fanned one and yielded two earned runs.

Each team registered a double play as the Knights increased their total to seven on the season.

Game Two: UCF 4, Yale 0

The Knights posted a 4-0 shutout victory over Yale behind a strong five innings from Ja. Ujvari in the circle. Springer came on to finish the contest with a pair of strikeouts in two frames to notch the save.

UCF loaded the bases in the second on a walk drawn by Garcia, single up the middle by McCloskey and Solis being hit by a pitch. A one-out single through the left side by Sullivan knocked in the first run of the game, but the Knights were unable to further extend their lead.

In the fourth inning, McCloskey led off the frame with a double over the right fielder's head down the line. Two runners were in scoring position on a single by Solis through the right side and advancement on the throw to the plate.

Coming up with a clutch two-run double down the left field line was Sullivan, bringing her total in the game to three.

The Knights tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on a walk drawn by freshman first baseman Andrea Neswiacheny, who stole second base and scored on an error after a ground out, 4-0.

Chelsey Dunham fell to 0-1 on the season for the Bulldogs and fanned four in five innings. A pair of hits were tallied by Sarah Onorato, who also drew a walk.

 

 

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