Audas, Cenal Help UCF Softball Rebound to Split at USF


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April 12, 2014

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By Nate Blythe
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TAMPA, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - After dropping game one, 4-0, the UCF softball team responded with a 3-1 victory to even the series with rival USF on Saturday afternoon at the USF Softball Complex. Two sophomore Tampa-area natives in Mackenzie Audas and Kalyn Cenal proved to be the difference in the Knights win.

Audas (13-8) from Plant City tossed a three-hit complete game with seven strikeouts, while Cenal from Tampa connected on the two-run homer to left center with two outs in the third to increase the Knights lead to 3-0.

Aiding the UCF offense in game two was freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman with a 3-for-4 performance along with two runs scored.

UCF (29-13, 6-2 American) and USF (30-12, 4-4 American) play the rubber match of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans with an UCF All-Access subscription can listen to the contest or follow the action with gametracker, which works on mobile devices.

In game two, the Knights started quickly with Goodman singling up the middle for the team's first hit of the day in the first. Sophomore designated player Jessica Ujvari connected on a chopper over the head of the third baseman before classmate Samantha McCloskey was plunked by a pitch.

A wild pitch by starter Erica Nunn enabled for the first run to score as UCF took a 1-0 lead.

Leading off the third for the Knights was Goodman, who found a hole with a blooper that fell behind the shortstop. Cenal, who left the bases loaded in the first, drilled the first pitch from Nunn over the fence in left center to put the Knights up 3-1.

The Bulls pushed their only run of the game across on an RBI single by Weber that went off the glove of diving freshman third baseman Brittany Solis. Veronica Gajownik singled to center to start the frame, took second on a ground out and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring, 3-1.

Tossing 3.1 innings of relief was Karla Claudio, who gave up a pair of hits and struck out two.

Audas was brilliant in changing speeds and ended the sixth frame by catching the inside corner on a change up to strikeout Kourtney Salvarola. USF head coach Ken Erickson argued the call and was eventually ejected by the home plate umpire.

After a leadoff walk in the seventh, USF had the game-tying run at the plate, but Audas recorded a groundout and strikeout looking to put two away. Third baseman Solis ended the game by catch a foul pop up.

Game one was all USF as a four-run fourth was all that the Bulls ace Sarah Nevins (18-6) needed in a 4-0 shutout of the Knights. UCF did not pick up a hit and had just two runners reach base against the lefty on a hit by pitch and walk.

In the fourth inning, the Bulls took advantage of three walks, a hit batter and catcher's interference to score their four runs. A key two-run single was recorded by Weber.

Sophomore Jamie Ujvari provided 2.2 innings of strong relief and added one strikeout for UCF. The Pensacola native allowed just one hit during her outing for the Knights.

The loss was tagged to sophomore Shelby Turnier, who fell to 15-5 on the season, going 3.1 innings and striking out five.

 

 

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