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UCF Posts 3-0 Win Over Liberty
The Liberty softball team held UCF to just four hits on Wednesday, but a two-run homer keyed a three-run second inning for the host Knights, who downed the Lady Flames, 3-0, at UCF Softball Complex.
The Knights end their four-game winless streak, advancing their record to 15-12. The Lady Flames, coming off of a doubleheader sweep of North Carolina Central on Sunday, fall to 8-9 on the campaign.
Katie Zavodny went 1-for-3, extending her hitting streak to a career-best nine games, while also stealing her 18th base. Sammi Shivock batted 1-for-3 with a double, and Amber Donovan added a single.
Samantha McCloskey slugged a two-run home run for UCF, while Shelby Turnier doubled and scored and Kalyn Cenal recorded an RBI single.
Turnier (8-4) pitched the first six innings of the game, allowing three hits and striking out four. Mackenzie Audas worked a hitless seventh for her second save of the season.
Chandler Ball fell to 3-3 on the campaign, yielding three runs on three hits in two innings pitched. Kenzie Friesen pitched 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, while Annah Jo Brittingham allowed no hits over the final 1 2/3 innings of the contest.
Shivock led off the second inning with a double to the gap in left center, but was left on second as Turnier retired the next three batters in order.
The Knights gained the lead with three runs during the bottom of the second. Turnier began by doubling to right center, and then scored on a single by Cenal. McCloskey made it 3-0, UCF, with a two-run homer to left center.
Friesen entered the circle for the Lady Flames in the third inning. She worked around a hit by Novak, keeping the Knights off the scoreboard for the frame.
With runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth, relief pitcher Brittingham worked through the jam. She got the next batters to record outs, with a fielder's choice and a strikeout.
The Lady Flames threatened to score during the top of the sixth. Donovan hit a one-out single, and Kassidy McCoy followed with a walk. Turnier then recorded the final two outs via fielder's choice.
After a 1-2-3 UCF sixth, Audas came on in relief of Turnier during the Liberty half of the seventh inning. The sophomore pitcher then retired Liberty in order to pick up the save.
Liberty will next play five games in Clearwater, Fla., over the weekend, participating in the USF Spring Invitational. The Lady Flames will open play on Friday at 11:45 a.m., taking on Iowa State, before facing the host USF Bulls at 6:15 p.m., Friday. Liberty will also play against Temple, Maine and Dartmouth, while in Clearwater.