March 26, 2014
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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia connected on a two-run double in the first to provide the UCF softball team with an early lead, but No. 4 Florida rallied with a seven-run fourth to take the lead and went on to notch a 10-6 victory. The second-largest crowd in UCF Softball Complex history came out to cheer on the Knights on Wednesday night.
Despite being down 10-3 to Florida (31-4) going into the bottom of the sixth, the Knights continued to fight as Garcia drove in two more runs with a single down the right field line and set a new career-high with four RBI. Junior second baseman Kahley Novak also tallied two base hits for UCF (24-11).
The loss was credited to sophomore Shelby Turnier (14-3), who went 3.1 innings with two strikeouts and yielded three runs. Junior Mackenzie Audas tossed 2.2 frames, striking out three, before sophomore Jamie Ujvari threw the seventh.
Hannah Rogers improved to 14-3 on the campaign with a pair of strikeouts. The three-inning save was notched by Delanie Gourley, who fanned four.
The Gators were led at the plate by Kristi Merritt, Chelsea Herndon and Briana Little with two hits each. A grand slam was blasted by Taylore Fuller, while Kelsey Stewart added a two-run double.
Beginning an one-out rally in the bottom-half of the first was freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman with a single to short, which was followed by a walk drawn by junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan. Garcia put the Knights on the board by going the other way with a 0-1 pitch into the left-center gap for a two-run double.
The Gators responded with a solo homer by Taylor Schwarz to cut the Knights lead to 2-1 in the second.
In the fourth, Stewart put the Gators on top with a two-run double, but was out trying to stretch it to a triple on an assist by left fielder Goodman. Florida added to its lead on a two-out double by Stephanie Tofft following a walk, 4-2.
After loading the bases with two outs, Audas appeared to have the strikeout that would end the frame, but the batter advanced on a passed ball. The Gators took advantage of the opportunity with a grand slam by Fuller to cap the seven-run frame, 8-2.
UCF kept its composure in the bottom-half by coming through with a run on two hits. Sophomores shortstop Brittany Solis and designated player Jessica Ujvari each drew walks before a single through the left side by sophomore catcher Kalyn Cenal loaded the bases.
Coming through with a two-out base hit was Novak, cutting the Florida lead to 8-3.
The three-run sixth for the Knights began with a walk drawn by sophomore Jessica Ujvari and Cenal. Novak filled the bases with a single, then Goodman plated a run on a fielder's choice before the two-run single by Garcia, 10-6.
UCF resumes action in The American on Saturday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader at Temple. All three games of the series including the finale on Sunday at noon can be listened to on UCF All-Access.