Three Knights Named to Preseason Conference USA First Team

GO KNIGHTS Sophomore Kahley Novak was one of three Knights named to the Preseason Conference USA First Team
Sophomore Kahley Novak was one of three Knights named to the Preseason Conference USA First Team

Jan. 23, 2013

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Coming off an NCAA Regionals appearance a year ago, UCF sophomores Mackenzie Audas, Farrah Sullivan and Kahley Novak earned spots on the 2013 Preseason All-Conference USA Softball first team, the league office announced on Wednesday. The three were the only underclassmen to make the roster.

The league's nine head coaches selected the 15-player team. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Last season, Audas won C-USA Freshman of the Year , finished as the conference's Co-Pitcher of the Year and was named to All-C-USA First Team as she shattered  virtually every freshman pitching record for the Knights including wins (21), ERA (1.28) and strikeouts (279).  Sullivan earned a spot on the All-C-USA Second Team and is the Knights top returning hitter in both batting average (.292) and home runs (6). Novak was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team and is expected to be the Knights' leadoff hitter in the 2013 season. She is the top returning base stealer (17) and is expected to transition to second base full time this season.

Tulsa senior right-hander Lacey Middlebrooks was selected C-USA Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Houston's junior slugger Haley Outon was named C-USA Preseason Player of the Year. The Knights open their season on Feb. 8 at noon against Texas Tech at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.

2013 C-USA Preseason Poll (1st place votes)
1. Tulsa (6)
2. Houston (1)
3. UCF     
4. UAB    
5. Marshall
6. East Carolina (1)
7. Memphis (1)
8. Southern Miss
9. UTEP 

2013 All-Conference USA Preseason Softball Team
P - Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa, Sr.
P - Mackenzie Audas, UCF, So.
C - Haley Outon, Houston, Jr.
IF - Samantha Cobb, Tulsa, Sr.
IF - Jill Barrett, Tulsa, Jr.
IF - Holly Anderson, Houston, Sr.
IF - Laura Curtis, Memphis, Sr.
IF - Farrah Sullivan, UCF, So.
IF - Jazmine Valle, Marshall, Sr.
OF - Caitlin Everett, Tulsa, Sr.
OF - Whitney Fletcher, UAB, Sr.
OF - Jill Jelnick, East Carolina, Jr.
OF - Kahley Novak, UCF, So.
UT - Kristen McGrath, UAB, Jr.
DP - Reina Gaber, Houston, Sr. 

Preseason Player of the Year
Haley Outon, Houston, Jr. 

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Lacey Middlebrooks, Tulsa, Sr. 

The Black and Gold will play 38 home games at the UCF Softball Complex, with season tickets for the 2012 season costing only $30. Tickets are available for purchase online at and, or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000.



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