UCF Softball Ready to Host Georgetown in Midweek Doubleheader

GO KNIGHTS Senior shortstop Natalie Land is on a six-game hitting streak.
Senior shortstop Natalie Land is on a six-game hitting streak.

March 6, 2012

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Riding an eight-game winning streak, its longest since 2008, the UCF softball team will play a doubleheader Wednesday against future BIG EAST foe Georgetown at the UCF Softball Complex. The first game will start at 3 p.m.

UCF, 13-7 overall and 9-1 at home, has showcased elite pitching all season, as it leads Conference USA in ERA, complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts and batting average against.

The Knights' pitching staff has featured a three-pronged attack led by freshman Mackenzie Audas (Plant City, Fla.), senior Ali Schmidt (Cordova, Md.) and junior Alex Hartshorn (Tampa, Fla.). Audas has a team-best 6-4 record with a 1.53 ERA, and she leads the Knights with 73 innings pitched, 10 complete games, 69 strikeouts and a .188 batting average against. Schmidt is 4-1 with two saves and a conference-leading 1.51 ERA. Hartshorn has three wins and leads the Knights with just eight walks issued on the season.

Senior Natalie Land (Mayo, Fla.) has hit .588 (10-17) with a double, two triples and a home run during her six-game hitting streak. Land's hot hitting began after her move to the top of the batting order. She has a team-leading eight runs scored and is a perfect two-for-two in stolen base attempts since she began leading off.

Georgetown (8-9) is coming off a 1-4 performance in Kissimmee at the Citrus Classic Tournament. The Hoyas are led by junior outfielder Shikara Lowe, who leads the team with a .442 batting average, two home runs and 12 RBI.

UCF fans can follow all the action on UCF All-Access with live video and audio. Fans can also follow on UCFAthletics.com Gametracker as well as www.twitter.com/UCF_Softball.

The Black and Gold will play five of their 20 remaining home games at the UCF Softball Complex this week. The Knights will open conference play with a doubleheader against Tulsa at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game at noon Sunday.  Season tickets for the 2012 season cost only $40. Tickets are available for purchase online at UCFAthletics.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000.