Audas, Turnier (No-Hitter) Lead UCF Softball to Shutout Sweep of Memphis


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March 22, 2014

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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF Softball sophomore Shelby Turnier and junior Mackenzie Audas, who reference themselves as "Shake and Bake," twirled a pair of shutouts as the Knights opened American Athletic Conference play 2-0 on Saturday at the UCF Softball Complex. Turnier tossed her first-career no-hitter, which was the second-straight for UCF (Audas/Huhn vs. Iona - March 18).

The Palm Beach Gardens native tallied 11 strikeouts in the shutout victory to improve to 13-2 on the campaign. Only five runners reached base on four walks and an error in the 12th no-hitter in UCF (23-10, 2-0) history and the first in inaugural year of AAC play.

Memphis (13-16, 0-2) scattered six hits off of Audas (9-8), who fanned five. The Plant City, native has tossed 13-straight innings without yielding a run after being a part of the first combined no-hitter (Mackenzie Huhn) in the program's 13-year existence on March 18.

The Knights received a clutch hit in game one from sophomore shortstop Brittany Solis, who drove in junior pinch runner Maddy Schroeder with an infield single to short with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan blasted her first homer of the campaign in the first inning of game two to provide all the offense that Audas needed.

A three-hit day was notched by junior outfielder Kahley Novak, who recorded her 12 multi-hit contest of the season in the first game.

After the Knights conclude the Memphis series on Sunday at 11 a.m., UCF battles No. 1 Florida on Wednesday with the first pitch set for 6 p.m. at the UCF Softball Complex. Purchase advanced tickets here.

Game One: UCF 1, Memphis 0

The Tigers had their best chance in the first as an error and walk put a runner in scoring position. Turnier recorded the next nine outs via the strikeout, only allowing one player to reach base on a 3-2 walk.

UCF loaded the bases in the bottom-half on a single by freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman and walks by Sullivan and sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia with two outs. A ground out to third ended the threat for the Knights.

Ellen Roberts, who fell to 7-8, and Turnier dueled in the circle till the bottom of the sixth when Sullivan started the frame with a double down the right field line.

Registering a sacrifice bunt to move Sullivan into scoring position was sophomore designated player Jessica Ujvari. A groundout moved Sullivan to third before the infield single by Solis scored the game-winning run in Schroeder, who was a pinch runner.

In the seventh inning, Kelly Braman drew a one-out walk on a 3-2 pitch, but was called out on a fielder's choice to second for interfering with the fielder. Turnier closed the game with a strikeout.

Roberts tallied four strikeouts in the complete game. The only player to reach base two times was Brittany Vaughn with a pair of walks.

Game Two: UCF 1, Memphis 0

Memphis notched its first hit of the day by Wheeler Hill, the second batter of the game, but the Tigers were unable to capitalize in the first.

To put the Knights on top early, Sullivan connected on a solo shot to left center with two away in the first inning.

In the third inning, UCF left runners on the corners after a walk drawn by sophomore catcher Kalyn Cenal and single to short by freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman. The Tigers catcher caught the Knights attempting to steal a base for the third time in the doubleheader to end the frame.

Starting off the fourth for the Tigers was Vaughn with a single to right center and an error put runner at first and second. Following a catch made up against the netting by sophomore catcher Samantha McCloskey that allowed the runner to move up 60 feet, Audas was able to force a fly out to end the threat.

A two-out rally was started by Crowdus, who notched two hits, with a double in the fifth. Hill registered her second hit of the game with an infield base hit before an Audas strikeout ended the threat.

The seventh was no easy task for Audas as a one-out walk and a bloop single down the left field line put a runner in scoring position. The Knights hurler was able to field the ground ball and make a strong throw the first to clinch the victory.

The loss was credited to starter Christian Novak (5-6), who fanned one in two innings of work. Jordan Richwood finished the contest with four innings and two strikeouts.

 

 

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