May 4, 2014
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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF softball freshman pitcher Lena Springer went the distance in her first career start on Sunday in a 12-5 victory at UConn to complete the regular season. The New Britain, Conn., native tallied six strikeouts in her first career victory in front of family and friends at Burrill Family Field at the UConn Softball Complex.
The Knights (39-15, 15-3 The American) totaled 13 base knocks in the contest with multi-hit games notched by junior second baseman Kahley Novak, sophomores designated player Jessica Ujvari, outfielder Mariah Garcia, freshman shortstop Brittany Solis and Springer.
A season-high three long balls were recorded by the Knights at UConn (13-38, 3-17 The American). Je. Ujvari put the Knights up 3-0 in the first on an opposite field bomb to right center, while sophomore first baseman Samantha McCloskey tied the team-lead with five homers to lead off the second.
The first home run for Solis at UCF was belted in the fifth inning. Two-run doubles were tallied by Springer in the fourth and Sullivan in the fifth, which helped the Knights stake an 11-3 advantage.
UConn came back and pushed across two runs in the fifth to keep the game going after adding a pair of runs in the fourth, 11-5.
In the sixth frame, a run-scoring single by sophomore catcher Kalyn Cenal scored Garcia, who stole the 123rd base of the season for the Knights. The theft total is a new school record.
The Huskies saw three pitchers in the circle with Alyson Ambler registering a game-high 3.1 innings. Starter Katelyn Callahan (2-7) was dealt the loss with two innings of work.
Emily O'Donnell picked up two hits and scored two runs for UConn. Heather Fife drove in a pair of runs during the contest.
The Knights, who are the No. 1 seed entering The American Championship after claiming the programs first title, are slated to play No. 8 UConn on Thursday at 5 p.m. eastern in Houston, Texas. The winner of the contest advances to play either No. 4 Houston or No. 5 Rutgers on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.