UCF Softball Continues League Play at Temple



March 28, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (UCFKnights.com) - After arriving in a Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, Temple has moved up the UCF softball team's doubleheader to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Temple Softball Stadium. The American Athletic Conference series is slated to conclude on Sunday at noon.

Inclement weather is in the forecast for Philadelphia throughout the weekend, so be sure to continue to check the softball page at UCFKnights.com for updates. Instant notification on changes to game times and updates to the schedule can be found by following @UCF_Softball on Twitter.

Each game of the series with the Owls can be heard with an all-access subscription. Fans can follow the action with Gametracker, which works on mobile devices, for every UCF contest.

UCF (24-11) dropped its mid-week contest against No. 4 Florida, 10-6, on March 26. A sellout crowd of 832, the second largest in program history, watched the contest at the UCF Softball Complex.

The Knights scored two first inning runs to take an early lead before the Gators had a big fourth inning. Sophomore outfielder Mariah Garcia tallied a career-best four RBI in the contest with two-run doubles in the first and sixth frames.

A three-game sweep of Memphis opened play in The American for the Knights on March 22-23. A 1-0 no-hit shutout of the Tigers by American Pitcher of the Week sophomore Shelby Turnier started the league slate. Junior Mackenzie Audas also notched a 1-0 shutout on Saturday before UCF completed the sweep with a 7-1 triumph on Sunday.

Since March 9, Novak, the reigning American Player of the Week, has hit in 13 of 14 games including each of the last nine,. while compiling a .488 avg. The Clermont native has tallied 21 hits, scored 14 times and swiped 10 bases during the stretch.

The UCF pitching staff is led by Turnier (14-3) with a 1.18 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. Audas (9-8) is the second ace for the Knights, compiling a 1.90 ERA by fanning 114 in 103 frames.

This is the second meeting between UCF and Temple. The Knights took the prior meeting on March 10, 2005 with a 3-2 victory in Clearwater, Fla.

Temple (7-14) dropped its opening series in The American with a 3-0 sweep at Houston. Wins for the Owls have come against Western Michigan (11-3, 8-4), Saint Francis (7-4), Niagara (7-4), Sacred Heart (4-0), Manhattan (13-3) and Saint Peter's (6-5).

A trio of hitters in Sarah Prezioso (.364), Kelsey Dominik (.339) and Leah Lucas (.317) pace the Temple offense. Lucas has driven in a team-high 14 RBI, while 24 hits and 16 runs scored have been racked up by Prezioso.

Dominik (4-5), a dual-threat in the circle, has compiled a 2.85 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Victories have also been notched by Amanda Gatt (2-2) and Jessica Mahoney (1-5).

UCF finishes up a four-game road trip on Tuesday at 6 p.m. by traveling to North Florida. The contest is a rescheduled game from a rain out on Feb. 12.



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