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Following UCF's win on the softball field Saturday afternoon, the Knights swarmed to one player and cheered as they crowded around her. Some even threw their gloves into the air as if the team had just advanced to the Region Finals.

The player: Mackenzie Audas. The reason behind the celebration: She broke two more UCF softball records.

Before shaking the opposing Houston Cougars' hands and narrowly escaping the brunt of a Gatorade bath, Audas had thrown her fifth no-hitter for the Knights.

The record number was a fashionable way to break UCF softball's career-wins record with 72.

"It was refreshing because it's so dang hot outside. I wasn't expecting it, so I ran away, I panicked," Audas said in reference to the Gatorade bath. "It feels pretty good. I'm able to go out there and help my team succeed."

The feats add a bit more to the record-breaking résumé she has written this season.

Along with the most no-hitters and wins as a Knight, Audas is the career leader in strikeouts with 923, starts with 117 and appearances with 140 for UCF.

"I think we're always rooting for the no-hitter," said head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. "I'm just excited that she's coming up with two big record breakers."

The senior from Plant City has helped propel the No. 17 Knights in the 2015 season with a 1.09 era and 205 strikeouts in 134.2 innings pitched. She has contributed 18 wins and just one loss to the team's 40-6 record.

"I see her as really doing her job and coming through, and I see great things from her for the rest of the season," Luers-Gillispie said. "She's just a leader out there. She wants to be top in the country."

Audas has no trouble deferring the credit she receives for her performance on the field, though. She praises the heavy-hitting offense and stellar defense provided by her teammates.

"That makes a pitcher's job easier," Audas said. "You know that you can go out there and you don't have to be perfect. You can relax and have more fun out there."

UCF has the second-ranked fielding percentage in the NCAA, boasting just 24 errors for a .979 percent.

Audas has just four out of seven regular-season games remaining at home. But she'll get to spend an extra three days playing at her home away from home for the past four years as the Knights host the conference championships at the end of the season.

"Mack has just been solid for the four years she's been with us. It's going to be hard to lose her as a senior," Luers-Gillispie said. "We've got at least another month, if not more. That's what our hope is."

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Jarrod Heil is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Find him on Twitter@JHeil11.

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