Audas Earns Second American Pitcher of the Week Honor


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April 14, 2014

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By Nate Blythe
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - After leading UCF to a series victory at rival USF, junior Mackenzie Audas was selected as the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. The acknowledgement was the second of the season for the Plant City native.

She totaled 21 strikeouts in three complete-game victories over Top 50 RPI teams in Stetson (39) and USF (44), while yielding just one earned run for a 0.33 ERA.

Audas notched an 11-strikeout, three-hit shutout on April 9 at Stetson, 1-0. The only run scored in the game was on a solo homer by junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan in the sixth.

After UCF (30-13, 7-2 The American) was shutout in the series opener at USF, Audas helped her team bounce back to even the series with a 3-1 win. She tallied seven strikeouts and allowed just one run on three hits in the complete game.

In a matchup of the two Saturday winners, Audas out-dueled the Bulls ace Sarah Nevins, a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year. UCF took a 2-0 lead in the seventh and Audas made it stand up.

After scoring a run on a mistake, USF had a runner on second with no outs. Audas continued battling and recorded a fly out before notching her third strikeout. Audas induced a groundout to improve to 13-8 on the campaign.

So far this season, sophomore Shelby Turnier (3/3, 3/17) and Audas (2/10, 4/14) have each picked up two conference pitcher of the week awards. The lone player of the week honor for the Knights was secured by junior Kahley Novak on March 24.

The Knights travel to Daytona Beach on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. contest at Bethune Cookman. Fans can listen to the contest with an all-access subscription or follow Gametracker on their mobile devices.

UCF returns home on Friday for an important matchup of two of the top three teams in The American with Louisville. The first pitch of the doubleheader at the UCF Softball Complex begins at 3 p.m. The series finale is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday.

 

 

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