UCF Defeats @MemphisSoftball 1-0 in American Athletic Conference Opener
March 22, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - A run-scoring infield single by Brittany Solis in the bottom of the sixth inning provided UCF with enough offense for a 1-0 victory over Memphis on Saturday afternoon at UCF Softball Complex.
Shelby Turnier (13-2) threw a no-hitter in the win for UCF (22-10, 1-0). Turnier struck out 11 Tigers in the victory.
Ellen Roberts (7-8) was the hard-luck loser for Memphis, pitching a complete game and allowing one run on six hits.
Memphis threatened to score right off of the bat in the first inning. Wheeler Hill reached on a throwing error and then stole second base. A walk to Vaughn put two runners on base, but Turnier was able to strike out the next two Memphis batters to keep the Tigers off of the scoreboard.
A single and two walks by Roberts loaded the bases for UCF in top of the first, but the senior pitcher was able to force a fielder's choice groundout to end the inning.
Roberts matched Turnier pitch for pitch from the second through the fourth innings. Roberts allowed just two hits and struck out three UCF batters in the middle innings.
Memphis again threatened in the fifth. Roberts drew a leadoff walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Ijiah Hargrove. A sacrifice bunt by Amber Lindahl moved Hargrove to second base, but the Tigers could not move Hargrove around and the game remained scoreless.
The Knights broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning. Farrah Sullivan led off the inning with a double down the right field line and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Ujvari. After a walk and an infield single, Soris singled on a ball between shortstop and third base to put UCF up 1-0.
In the top of the seventh, Cierra Mangum drew a one-out walk, but was called out on runners' interference after a ground ball to second base by Roberts. Turnier was able to retire pinch-hitter Georganna Goodwin to end the contest and give UCF a 1-0 win.
Memphis and UCF will play game two of Saturday's doubleheader later Saturday afternoon, and then conclude the conference-opening three-game series on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. CT.