UCF Softball Opens The American Championship as No. 1 Seed



May 7, 2014

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By Nate Blythe

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HOUSTON, Texas (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF Softball team enters the American Athletic Conference Championship as the No. 1 seed after winning the program's first regular season title. The Knights begin the single-elimination tournament on Thursday at 5 p.m. eastern against No. 8 UConn.

The quarterfinal and semifinal matchups can be watched for free on The American Digital Network. The Championship game is set for Saturday at 4 p.m. eastern, which will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN2.

Fans can listen to the Voice of UCF Softball, Eric Lopez, call each of the Knights games with an All-Access subscription. Links to all live events and Gametracker, which works on mobile devices, can be found on the softball schedule page.

The Knights and Huskies are familiar foes after closing the regular season with a three-game set in Storrs, Conn. UCF registered the sweep with 7-4, 3-0 and 12-5 victories and won a series against each conference opponent (except Temple, where rain cancelled the series).

Sophomore designated player Jessica Ujvari was named The American Player of the Week after compiling a .714 avg., .818 on-base and 1.141 slugging pct. Ujvari blasted a two-run homer in the series finale and totaled five hits and three RBI.

UCF is seeking its third tournament title after capturing the 2005 A-Sun and 2008 C-USA Tournaments. The program is 22-14 in conference tourneys.

In the latest RPI, the Knights are 26th entering championship week, but received votes in both the NFCA (5) and USA Softball (6) polls.

UCF finished the regular season with a 39-15 overall and 15-3 conference mark with one of the youngest teams in the nation. The roster contains just four juniors and no seniors in the upper class.

The offense matured throughout the season, finishing with a .275 avg. after having a season-low batting avg. of .208 following a loss to SIUE on Feb. 23. Since then, the Knights have hit at a .297 clip.

During conference play, the team posted a .323 avg. and 1.47 ERA to pace the league in both categories. Junior third baseman Farrah Sullivan recorded a .522 avg. with a team-best 19 RBI and seven doubles during games in The American.

The one-two punch of junior Mackenzie Audas (7-1) and sophomore Shelby Turnier (6-2) paced the Knights in the circle during league play. Sophomore Jamie Ujvari and freshman Lena Springer also added wins.

The winner of UCF and UConn is set to play in the semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. eastern against either No. 4 Houston or No. 5 Rutgers.



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