Novak Leads UCF Softball to Pair of Shutout Wins vs. Rutgers



April 5, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF sophomore second baseman Kahley Novak tied the school-record with four hits in the 4-0 game one win against Rutgers on Saturday and finished with six base knocks, two triples, a double, four RBI, four runs scored and two stolen bases. The Knights tallied 10 hits in each game and registered an 8-0 six-inning victory in the night cap.

The pair of wins moved UCF to 5-0 in the American Athletic Conference and 27-11 overall. The series finale is set for Sunday at 11 a.m., where the Knights will wear pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink T-shirts and softballs will also be given away.

A two-hitter was twirled by sophomore Shelby Turnier (15-3) with nine strikeouts in game one. The Knights had numerous opportunities to break the game wide open, but left seven runners on base.

UCF did score in the first inning on a passed ball that enabled Novak to cross the plate. Junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan came through with a clutch two-out single in the third before Novak extend the lead to 3-0 with an infield single in the fourth inning.

The Knights tacked on an insurance run in the sixth as sophomore designated player Jessica Ujvari and freshman outfielder Blaire Kelley recorded singles before Novak delivered a double to left center.

Improving to 11-8 on the campaign during the second game was junior Mackenzie Audas. The Plant City native only allowed four runners to reach base on three hits and one walk, while fanning eight.

The Knights entered the fourth with a 1-0 lead on Rutgers, who was poised for a big inning after loading the bases with no outs. Audas found a way out of the jam by notching a strikeout and helping to turn 1-2-3 double play to stun the Scarlet Knights and end the rally.

UCF took advantage of the momentum lift and exploded for five runs on four hits to put the game out of reach in the bottom half. Sullivan, who went 2-for-2 with two walks in the game two, capped the scoring with a two-run homer.

After Sullivan drove home Novak, who started off the sixth with a double, freshman pinch hitter Lena Springer stepped up to the plate and ended the game with an RBI double to left center to implement the eight-run rule.

Tallying a pair of multi-hit games was freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman, while sophomores first baseman Samantha McCloskey and Je. Ujvari added one each.

Alyssa Landrith (9-5) and Shayla Sweeney (15-6) were handed the losses for Rutgers. A pair of hits during the doubleheader were recorded by Stephanie Huang.



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