April 26, 2014
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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - In a matchup of the top two teams in The American, the UCF softball team made a statement by posting 14 runs on 27 hits in a 7-1, 7-2 doubleheader sweep of Houston on Saturday afternoon at the UCF Softball Complex. Junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan paced the Knights, going 6-for-7 with four RBI and three runs scored.
UCF (35-15, 11-3) kept its lead in The American standings over Houston (29-18, 11-6) and rival USF, who moved into second place. The finale of the series against Houston is set for noon on Sunday.
The Knights pitching staff of sophomore Shelby Turnier (17-5) and junior Mackenzie Audas (16-5) kept the powerful Houston offense in check. The dynamic duo tallied nine strikeouts and did not allow an earned run.
The UCF offense put on its best hitting performance of the season in game one with 17 hits, tying for seventh in single-game school history. Sullivan highlighted the contest with a 4-for-4 performance, two runs scored and one run driven in.
Sophomores designated player Jessica Ujvari, outfielder Mariah Garcia, catcher Samantha McCloskey and freshman outfielder Linnea Goodman each notched multi-hit games, while seven-different Knights drove in a run.
After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning without scoring, UCF registered a pair of runs in the second on singles by junior outfielder Maddy Schroeder and Goodman.
Turnier was outstanding in the circle in sending down the first six Cougars. She was aided by a hit-and-run that turned into a double play on a pop up caught by the second baseman Novak.
The Knights continued pressuring Houston by putting the ball in play in the third frame. Junior second baseman Kahley Novak singled up the middle before Je. Ujvari legged out a triple on a hot shot through the left side that reached the fence, 3-0.
A base knock for McCloskey down the left field line plated the fourth run for the Knights. The lead was extended to five in the next frame when Sullivan knocked in Novak, who led off with a single.
In the sixth frame, a walk drawn by Goodman and single to left center by Sullivan put the Knights in business. Garcia registered an RBI single up the middle before freshman pinch hitter Lena Springer drove home a run on a double over the centerfielder's head, 7-0.
The Cougars were being one hit till the seven inning when two hits and three errors by the Knights led to a run being pushed across. Diedre Outon (14-8) was tagged with the loss and fanned five during the complete game.
During game two, Julana Schrum held the Knights hitless through two innings, which enabled the Cougars to score an unearned run after stealing third and scoring on a throwing miscue in the third inning.
McCloskey made up for the mistake in a big was to lead off the next frame with a solo homer that wrapped around to left field foul pole to knot the contest, 1-1. The blast put the momentum back in the Knights' favor.
After Turnier tossed the first three innings, Audas entered the circle and retired the side quickly in the fourth.
A double by Sullivan led off the fourth for UCF before Je. Ujvari reached on a bunt that was popped up and found a hole on the left side of the infield. Sophomore catcher Kalyn Cenal put the Knights back on top on a single off third base down the left field line, 2-1.
Freshman pinch runner Andrea Neswiacheny pushed the advantage to 3-1 by scoring on a wild pitch.
The lead was increased to three in the fifth on a single by Garcia up the middle that scored Novak, who tallied her third hit of the contest.
Houston cut the deficit to two in the sixth on an overthrow to second base on a stolen base attempt with runners on the corners, 4-2.
Once again, the Knights responded on a bases loaded double by Sullivan to left center that provided a five-run cushion, 7-2. Freshman shortstop Brittany Solis was plunked by a pitch before infield singles were notched by Novak and Schroeder.
Audas sent down the Cougars in order to seal the victory. The Knights have now taken each series in league play with one remaining at UConn next weekend.
Falling to 10-6 on the season was Juliana Schrum, who fanned three in six frames of work.
The Knights wrap up their NCAA-leading, 39-game home slate on Sunday against the Cougars with the first pitch set for noon.