March 23, 2014
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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Sophomore first baseman Samantha McCloskey drilled a solo homer to left to jumpstart a five-run second inning in a 7-1 victory vs. Memphis on Sunday at the UCF Softball Complex. The win clinched the series sweep for the Knights to open American Athletic Conference play.
Improving to 14-2 in the circle this season was sophomore Shelby Turnier. The Palm Beach Gardens native tossed four innings and fanned four before classmate Jamie Ujvari finished the contest with four punch outs to notch her second save of the season.
A two-hit and three-RBI game was registered by junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan for UCF (24-10, 3-0). Junior outfielder Kahley Novak, who scored three times, and freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman added a pair of base knocks.
Memphis (13-17, 0-3) was led by Lindsay Crowdus with two of her team's seven hits. Ellen Roberts (7-9) was dealt the loss, while Christian Novak and Jordan Richwood each made a relief appearance.
The Knights manufactured a run in the first inning. Novak started off the frame with a double into the left centerfield gap and a sac bunt by Goodman moved her to third before Sullivan connected on a sac fly to right, 1-0.
A five-run second inning was started with a solo homer by McCloskey on a line shot over the fence in left. UCF continued to pressure the Tigers with a walk drawn by freshman shortstop Brittany Solis and hit-and-run single through the left side by sophomore designated player Jessica Ujvari.
Coming through with a two-run double to right center was sophomore first baseman Kalyn Cenal, 4-0. The Knights loaded the bases on an error and infield single by Goodman.
Increasing the UCF lead to 6-0 on a single up the middle was Sullivan before Memphis recorded the final two outs of the frame.
In the fourth inning, base knocks by Novak, Goodman and Sullivan loaded the bases before a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia plated the seventh run of the contest.
Ja. Ujvari came on in the fifth for the Knights and tallied six-straight outs before the Tigers registered three hits in the seventh to break up the shutout. The run for Memphis was its first in over 30 innings.
This was the first sweep in the series between the former Conference USA foes since April 2008 by the Knights in Orlando.
UCF welcomes No. 1 Florida to the UCF Softball Complex on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to wrap up a 23-game homestand. Purchase advance tickets here.