Quick Start Leads UCF to 7-1 Victory Over @MemphisSoftball
March 23, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - UCF (24-10, 3-0) scored a run in the first inning and five runs in the second inning in a 7-1 victory over Memphis (13-17, 0-3) on Sunday afternoon at UCF Softball Complex.
Lindsay Crowdus finished 2-for-4 in the game and raised her average to .407 on the season. Wheeler Hill, Brittany Vaughn, Cierra Magnum, Ellen Roberts and Jaye Smith all had hits, as Memphis finished with seven hits on the day. Georganna Goodwin added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
Ellen Roberts (7-9) suffered the loss for the Tigers. The senior pitched one inning and allowed four UCF runs. Christian Novak pitched two innings and allowed one run, and Jordan Richwood closed out the game for Memphis with three scoreless innings.
Farrah Sullivan finished 2-for-3 with three RBI for UCF and Kalyn Cenal added two RBI. Kahley Novak and Linnea Goodman each had two hits for the Knights.
Shelby Turnier (14-2) picked up her second win of the series, pitching four scoreless innings. Jamie Ujvari pitched the final three innings for her second save of the season.
Memphis had an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the first. Crowdus led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Vaughn singled to right field but Crowdus was thrown out at home and the game remained scoreless.
Kahley Novak started the UCF half of the first inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Goodman. Sullivan delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Knights a 1-0 lead after one inning.
The Tigers put two runners on base in the second inning but could not score. A walk and a hit by pitch put two runners on base with two outs, but Turnier forced a fielder's choice from Amber Lindahl to keep the game at 1-0.
UCF pushed the lead to 6-0 and batted around in the second inning. Samantha McCloskey led off the inning with a home run to left field, and Novak entered the game to pitch for Memphis after a walk and a single. Cenal delivered a two-run double to put the Knights ahead 4-0, and a two-run single three batters later gave UCF the 6-0 edge.
Turnier worked out of a jam in the third inning and UCF added a run in the fourth inning to push the lead to 7-0.
Memphis got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh. Mangum and Roberts led off with singles, and Jaye Smith added a single of her own to load the bases with one out. Goodwin scored Mangum with a sacrifice fly to cut the UCF lead to 7-1, but Ujvari closed out the game and the 7-1 victory.
The Tigers return to Tiger Softball Complex with the "Glow It Up Blue" game against Lipscomb at 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday night. Admission is free to the game and will benefit the Autism Society of the Mid-South. The first 150 fans will receive free glow sticks for a fourth inning ceremony. Fans can also make a donation toward the Autism Society of the Mid-South at the game.