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April 22, 2014

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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF softball team fell to Stetson, 3-0, on Tuesday night at the UCF Softball Complex. Freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman tallied two hits for the Knights.

UCF (33-15) added two stolen bases to increase its season total to 109, tying the school record that was set last season. It will only be a matter of time before the Knights break the record with six regular-season games left on the slate.

Just like the meeting on April 9 in Deland, junior Mackenzie Audas and Meredith Owen, who earlier in the day was named the USA Softball Player of the Week, dueled in the circle with the top of the sixth being the difference.

In the previous matchup, the top of the sixth favored the Knights as junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan connected on a solo homer for the only run of the game, but on Tuesday, Stetson (32-9) plated three runs on three hits to take the lead in the same situation.

Audas fell to 15-10 on the campaign with eight strikeouts in six innings of work and allowed just six hits. Sophomore Jamie Ujvari tossed a perfect seventh for the Knights.

Owen (20-5) dropped her NCAA-leading ERA to 0.70 and fanned five in the four-hit, complete-game victory.

UCF also drew two walks, but left four runners on the base paths and had a pair caught stealing.

The Hatters were led offensively by Jessica Griffin with two doubles including the game-winning one that pushed two runs across. Brittany Hawn added a RBI single to extend the advantage to 3-0 in the sixth.

Audas changed speeds throughout the first three frames and notched six strikeouts, but needed some assistance in getting out of a bases loaded jam with one out in the third.

The pitch hit the knob of the bat and bounced fair. Sophomore catcher Kalyn Cenal alertly picked the ball up, touched home and tossed it to first to complete the inning-ending double play.

In the fourth, a one-out single by Goodman started a rally for the Knights with a swinging-bunt single to the catcher. The Long Beach, Calif., native stole second and advanced to third on a fly out. Sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia put a charge into liner to left, but the outfielder was able to make an adjustment to make the catch, ending the threat.

Leading off with a single down the left field line was Cenal in the fifth. A sac bunt by sophomore first baseman Samantha McCloskey moved freshman pinch runner Blaire Kelley to second, but the home team was unable to pick up the next hit to score first.

In a matchup of the top two teams in The American, the Knights welcome Houston on Saturday with the doubleheader at 1 p.m. Fans can come on out to the UCF Softball Complex beginning at 10:30 a.m. for a Guns & Hoses event, where local fire and police trucks will be on display.

 

 

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