Senior pitcher Mackenzie Audas and junior pitcher Shelby Turnier became the first two Knights in program history to receive All-America honors for softball after setting record-breaking performances this season.

Audas became the first Capital One Academic All-American in program history on Friday, while Turnier was the first player in UCF history selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-America First Team on Monday.

For the five-time American Pitcher of the Week, Audas carried a near-perfect 3.93 GPA and set school records in wins (78), strikeouts (975), appearances (150), starts (125) and no-hitters (5).

Earlier in the season, she became the fifth student-athlete in program history to be chosen as an all-district first team honoree — the first in three years.

Turnier, the American Pitcher of the Year, led the nation in ERA at 0.87 while tossing 268 strikeouts. She finished the season with a 25-8 record, 10 total shutouts and held her opponents to a .148 average.

Her best stretch came when she threw back-to-back no-hitters against AAC opponents', East Carolina and UConn, earlier in March. She also set a program record in strikeouts (14) during UCF's 2-1 win at Tulsa in April, in which she pitched a 16-inning game.

Turnier was also named a top 10 candidate for the 2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year last month.


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