UCF Softball Rebounds with 3-2 Win to Earn Split vs. Louisville


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April 18, 2014

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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Following a hard-fought 1-0 loss, the UCF softball team came back to post a 3-2 victory against Louisville in game two on Friday at the UCF Softball Complex. Junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan drove home the eventual game-winning run in the fifth.

UCF (32-14, 8-3 American) and Louisville (28-16, 9-5 American) are set for a noon start on Saturday in the series finale, which was pushed back from 11 a.m. with the threat of inclement weather in the morning.

Sophomore Shelby Turnier (16-5) posted the complete-game victory with five strikeouts to help the Knights rebound.

Louisville opened the scoring in game two with a solo homer just over the fence down the left field line by Maryssa Becker in the second.

The Knights responded quickly in the third frame as freshman Taylor Wagner singled and scored on the fourth triple of the season by junior second baseman Kahley Novak.

UCF took the lead for the first time, 2-1, in the fourth inning as sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia singled up the middle to score freshman Andrea Neswiacheny, who pinch ran following a single by sophomore designated player Jessica Ujvari.

Tacking on an important insurance run during the fifth was junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan with a two-out hit up the middle to push the advantage to 3-1. Novak scored on the play following a walk and stolen base.

Becker cut the Knights lead to 3-2 in the sixth inning on a single to right that scored a runner from second base that reached via a walk.

The Cards had an opportunity to tie it in the seventh as Maggie Ruckenbroad singled to right to start the frame. Turnier recorded a pair of foul outs and a strikeout to secure the win.

The loss was tagged to Rachel Le Coq (9-8), who started the contest, and tallied three strikeouts. Caralisa Connell and Becker also saw action in relief.

To begin the day, junior Mackenzie Audas (14-9) fanned seven in the complete game loss. The only run scored came in the seventh on a sac fly by Maggie Ruckenbrod with one out following a leadoff single by Maryssa Becker and double from Taner Folwer.

UCF tallied hits by Novak and junior outfielder Maddy Schroeder, but left five runners on the base paths. The squad loaded the bases in the first following two walks and Je. Ujvari being plunked by a pitch, but were unable to capitalize.

Novak recorded the first hit for the Knights to lead off the third. The Clermont native moved to third on a wild pitch and ground out. The Cards shortstop Hannah Kiyohara stole a single up the middle off the bat of Sullivan to keep the Knights off the scoreboard.

The Cards threatened in fifth by loading the bases on a walk and bloop singles by Ruckenbrod and Kiuohara with one out. Audas punched out leadoff hitter Kelsi Jones before grabbing a comeback to retire the side.

Rachel Le Coq picked up the victory with 2.2 inning of relief and one strikeout. The starter Becker fanned three in 4.1 frames.

 

 

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