Je. Ujvari's Grand Slam Lifts UCF Softball over Louisville, 5-1



April 19, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( - In the sixth inning of a scoreless game with no outs and the bases loaded, UCF sophomore designated player Jessica Ujvari drilled a 1-0 pitch over the fence in right center for her second grand slam of the season to aid the Knights to a 5-1 victory and take the series vs. Louisville on Saturday at the UCF Softball Complex.

Once again, junior pitcher Mackenzie Audas, who fell 1-0 in game one of the series, was terrific in the circle keeping the talented Cardinals offense off-balance. The Plant City native improved to 15-9 on the campaign for UCF (33-14, 9-3 The American) and fanned four in the complete game.

The Knights were being one-hit by Maryssa Becker from Louisville (28-17, 9-6 The American) through the first five innings, but the home team had leadoff hitter junior Kahley Novak coming to the plate in the sixth.

Novak connected on a single to right center to begin the rally. A successful slap and run was executed by freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman before a single through the left side loaded the bases without an out.

Je. Ujvari took the first pitch before delivering the biggest hit of the series to provide Audas with plenty of run support. The Pensacola native also blasted a granny vs. Boston College (3/5/14) and had one as a freshman with USC-Upstate against Kentucky (2/24/13).

UCF continued to battle as sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia delivered a single up the middle. After Garcia swiped second, junior first baseman Samantha McCloskey reached on a swinging bunt down the third base line.

The Knights tacked on a run to up the lead to 5-0 on a ball hit by freshman shortstop Brittany Solis.

Louisville got one run back on a one-out solo homer by Taner Fowler in the seventh before Audas shut the door.

In the fifth inning, Louisville had its best opportunity to strike first. The Cards started a rally on singles by Kayla Soles and Maggie Ruckenbrod before Tiarra Kiyohara was walked. Audas stepped up to force the Cards dangerous leadoff hitter Kalsey Jones to fly out to end the threat.

At the end of the day, UCF found itself in first place in The American by one game after USF went on the road and swept Houston. That sets up a big three-game set at the UCF Softball Complex against the Cougars that starts with a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.

The Knights have business to take care of first with rival Stetson coming in on Tuesday with the first pitch set for 6 p.m.



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