UCF Softball Opens Road Trip at Florida State



Feb. 18, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - After posting a school-record 7-0 mark to start the season at home, UCF softball travels to No. 10 Florida State on Wednesday for an ESPN3 broadcast with the first pitch set for 6:03 pm. at JoAnne Graff Field.

The Knights have come through in the clutch by winning six games by one run, including three in walk-off fashion against LIU Brooklyn (3-2), James Madison (3-2) and Florida A&M (1-0). UCF (7-0) eclipsed the 2004 squad that opened 5-0.

Sophomore pitcher Shelby Turnier had a fantastic week in the circle, going 2-0 with 24 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work to gain mention on The American Honor Roll. The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native fanned a school seven-inning record of 15 in a 1-0 shutout vs. Florida A&M, while tying her career-best of nine the day before against Middle Tennessee.

UCF also has junior Mackenzie Audas on the pitching staff, who is 4-0 with 26 strikeouts in 23.2 frames tossed. The Plant City, Fla., native collected the inaugural American Pitcher of the Week honor.

In the all-time series, Florida State holds a 12-5 advantage. The squads have split the past eight meetings going back to 2007. FSU took eight of the first nine meetings (2002-06). The Knights are 2-5 in Tallahassee, 3-6 at home and 0-1 at neutral sites.

The Knights' Allison Kime notched the second win for the program against the Seminoles on Mar. 27, 2007 with a school-record 18 strikeouts in 12 innings during a 1-0 shutout on the road.

Florida State has won its last 10 games after dropping the season-opener to Nebraska (4-3). The Seminoles topped Nebraska, 5-1, two days later. Maddie O'Brien paces the team with a .536 avg. along with five home runs and 21 RBI. The FSU offense has produced 7.3 runs per game.

Lacey Waldrop (5-1) and Jessica Borroughs (5-0) have each notched five wins in the circle. Waldrop has fanned 33 in 26 innings, while Burroughs has struck out 24 in 22.2 frames of work. Head coach Lonni Alameda is in her sixth season at the helm of the Seminole program.

The Knights continue on to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday for the Easton Bama Bash. UCF is slotted to face McNeese State at 11 a.m. and host No. 6 Alabama at 6 p.m. The same pair battle the Knights in a Saturday doubleheader at 4 p.m. before UCF plays Virginia Tech on Sunday at 11 a.m.