It wasn't a prank that made April 1 so special for the softball team on Friday afternoon in the 1-0 win over UConn. Rather, the three different milestones combined, earned by senior pitcher Shelby Turnier and head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie made it special.
In a relatively quiet offensive performance by both teams that only saw one runner cross home, the Knights' garnered the win improving their record to 24-13.
With each team only having four hits, it became a pitching duel till the end. Freshman second baseman Cassady Brewer produced three of the four hits for the Knights. It wasn't until the top of the fifth inning when junior center-fielder Jasmine Acevedo hit into a fielder's choice to second base and scored Brewer, who had doubled earlier in the inning down the left field line.
From there on and beforehand, Turnier commanded the game, pitching a four-hit, complete game shutout. Walking only two batters, Turnier struck out ten other batters. Improving her record to 11-11, Turnier joined an elite group of UCF softball pitchers. By claiming the 70th win of her career, Turnier joins former players, Mackenzie Audas and Allison Kime as the trio tied for the record. She also claimed third place in program history for dominating her way towards her 21st career shutout.
With the 1-0 win, Gillispie also had something to be proud of. With 2016 being her 15th year as the leader of the program, the head coach collected her 548th win with UCF and her 800th career victory as a softball coach from her many years of coaching.
“I had no idea,” Gillispie said in a UCF Athletics press release. “The team came out with a sign after the game, which [was] really nice. I was just happy to get the win.”
Evan Abramson is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Abramson and email him at EvanA@centralfloridafuture.com.