UCF Softball Posts 6-0 Victory at Bethune-Cookman



April 16, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF pitchers sophomore Jamie Ujvari and freshman Lena Springer combined for the 16th shutout of the season, third most ins school history, for the Knights in a 6-0 victory at Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday afternoon. A three-run homer by sophomore first baseman Samantha McCloskey capped the scoring in the seventh for the Knights at Sunnyland Park.

Notching her second win of the season for UCF (31-13) was Ja. Ujvari with five strikeouts in six innings of work. The seventh inning was given to Springer, who fanned a pair of Bethune-Cookman (15-25) hitters.

The Knights took a 1-0 lead after manufacturing a first-inning run scored by junior shortstop Kahley Novak, who singled, stole second and crossed the plate following two groundouts.

After the Wildcats tallied a pair of hits in the bottom of the first, the teams traded outs over the next four innings as each defense handled the numerous ground balls that were hit with 20-25 mile per hour winds blowing in from center.

In the sixth, sophomore Jessica Ujvari started off the frame with a single through the left side. Freshman pinch runner Blaire Kelley took second on an error by the shortstop, allowing McCloskey to reach on a fielder's choice.

The Knights loaded the bases without an out on a base knock by sophomore catcher Kalyn Cenal to left. Plating the second run of the game for UCF was Kelley on a single by sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia down the left field line.

A successful pinch-hit appearance was registered by junior Farrah Sullivan with a sacrifice fly to right to put the visitors up 3-0 before the Wildcats retired the side.

Leading off the seventh was Novak, who was plunked by a pitch and stole her 26th base of the season. Freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman singled to the pitcher.

With a pair of runners on base, McCloskey connected on a round tripper that just cleared the fence in straight-away center with the wind blowing in. It was the second homer of the campaign for the Palm Harbor native.

Bethune-Cookman was led offensively by Shelley Calesha with a pair of base hits. Sabrina Anguilano fell to 7-13 on the season tossing five innings and striking out three. A three-strikeout performance was tallied by Bailey Conner in two frames of work.

UCF returns home on Friday for an important matchup of two of the top three teams in The American with Louisville. The first pitch of the doubleheader at the UCF Softball Complex begins at 3 p.m. Rain is forecasted for the Orlando area, so continue checking UCFKnights.com and @UCF_Softball on twitter for updates on changes to game times.



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