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UCF Softball Timeline Through 600 Wins

A Look Back at UCF Softball's Most Memorable Moments

UCF Softball Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie
Former UCF Softball Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. (Photo: UCF Athletics)

On Sunday, the UCF Softball team won at Jacksonville 5-3 to pick up the program's 600th win.

Alea White is the trivia answer of winning pitcher for the historic win. Courtney Rotton, who hit a two-run homer in the top of 6th, was the difference in the game.

It's the Knights' 600th win in just its 17 seasons for the program, which started playing in 2002.

There have been many great players and moments with many memorable wins in those 600 victories, including winning conference championships in three different conferences (Atlantic Sun in '05, Conference USA in '08, and The American in '14 and '15), and seven NCAA Tournament appearances, not to mention many memorable players, from Stephanie Best, Jania Shinhoster, and Lindsay Enders in the A-Sun era, to Allison Kime, Breanne Javier, and Natalie Land in C-USA era, and Mackenzie Audas, Kahley Novak, and Shelby Turnier in the American Athletic Confernece era just to name a few. I can keep mentioning more names.

Here's a look back at some of the most notable and memorable wins in program history.

1st Win - 2/2/2002 vs. Arkansas

Sarah Miller had a bases-clearing triple in the first inning as UCF scored 5 in the first, which would be more than enough for winning pitcher Dottie Cupp, who came in relief of Pysha Simmons as UCF knocks off the SEC's Arkansas for the program's first win in Daytona Beach by a score of 6-5.

49th Win - 2/2/2003 vs. Morris Brown

Pysha Simmons throws the program's first no-hitter, and to date, the only perfect game thrown by any UCF pitcher in program history, as UCF blows out Morris Brown, 24-0. Catcher Jen Whitley had four hits with five RBI, while Rachelle Schmidt added 4 RBI.

50th Win - 2/2/2003 vs. Bethune Cookman

Stephanie Best hit a two-run homer in the 3rd inning as UCF beat the WIldcats 4-1 behind winning pitcher Taylor Sawyer.

68th Win - 3/9/2003 vs. Army

Stephanie Best had a day for NCAA record books. Best hit two grand slams in the 2nd inning alone, which tied NCAA record for most grand slams in an inning, and most grand slams in a game. Best ended up with 11 RBI, which is still an NCAA record, as UCF beat Army 19-2.

100th win - 3/7/2004 vs. Maine

Stephanie Best goes for 4/4 while winning pitcher Lindsay Enders pitches a one-hitter striking out 9 as UCF beats Maine 4-0.

129th win - 2/12/2005 vs. #8 Washington

UCF knocks off a ranked team for the first time in program history, 1-0 over Washington, as Lindsay Enders pitches the shutout and Stephanie Best hit a solo HR in the 6th inning.

169th win - 5/13/2005 at Florida Atlantic (A-Sun Championship in Boca Raton)

From 2002-2005, FAU was UCF's nemesis, always getting in the Knights' way of an A-Sun Championship and the elusive NCAA Tournament. That changed in 2005, as UCF eliminated FAU in to get to the A-Sun Championship with a 3-2 win on walk-off RBI hit by Bryttani Lindheim.

171st win - 5/14/2005 vs. Troy. (A-Sun Championship Game in Boca Raton)

UCF wins its first-ever conference championship, completing a two-game sweep over Troy and winning the 2nd game 3-1 behind A-Sun Tournament MVP Lindsay Enders, who pitched both games on the same day. You can listen to my interview with Lindsay Enders in 2016 about her UCF career right here.

172nd win - 5/21/2005 at #13 Florida (NCAA Tournament)

UCF gets its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, eliminating the Gators 5-3, as Stephanie Best went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a memorable triple to ignite the UCF offense. It would be final win that Best was part of with UCF as the Knights were eliminated later on by USF. Still, Best put the program on the map with a career that would put her in UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. She was the first softball player to be inducted. You can listen to my interview with Best about her UCF career from 2016 right here.

186th win - 4/12/2006 at USF

Freshman Breanne Javier drove in 2 runs as UCF scored 3 runs in 3rd inning, which would be all that sophomore transfer Allison Kime would need. Kime, who is from Brandon, not far away from USF, dominated the Bulls, striking out 11 as UCF beats USF for the first time in program history, 3-1.

200th win - 2/24/2007 vs. George Mason

Kacie Feaster had 3 hits and freshman pitcher Ashleigh Cole helped her own cause with 2 hits and an RBI while pitching a 6-hit shutout for the program's 200th win.

209th win - 3/15/2007 vs. Bethune Cookman

UCF scored 17 runs in the 1st inning, which is 2nd-most runs scored in one inning in NCAA history, as the Knights run-ruled Bethune Cookman 18-2 in 5 innings. Cici Alvarez stole her 75th career base, passing Jania Shinhoster for most in UCF history.

216th win - 3/38/2007 at Florida State

Allison Kime struck out a school record 18 batters in 12 shutout innings as UCF knocked off Florida State 1-0 in 12 innings.

220th win - 4/4/2007 at Stetson

Allison Kime broke the school record for career strikeouts, held by Dottie Cupp, and did it in style by throwing her 3rd career no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Stetson.

228th win - 5/10/2007 vs. Marshall (C-USA Tournament)

For the first time in program history, UCF hosted a conference tournament. In a double-elimination format, UCF opened against Marshall in the 4 vs. 5 matchup. UCF fell behind 3-0 early, but aided by Kacie Feaster's 2 hits in the leadoff spot, UCF rallied in the 5th inning with 5 runs, including RBI hits from Amber Lamb, Breanne Javier, and Allison Kime, who would also go 7 innings in the circle to get win. UCF would make it all the way to C-USA semifinals.

245th win - 3/9/2008 vs. East Carolina

On the verge of getting swept and trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the 5th, the UCF offense came to life, scoring 4 runs in the 5th and 6 runs in the 6th to pick up a 10-6 win that would turn around the season and kick-start UCF's run in 2008. UCF would 34-8 the rest of the way after this come-from-behind win.

262nd win - 4/6/2008 vs. #9 Houston

Allison Kime went 3 for 3 at the plate, with a HR off her rival Angel Shamblin, and pitched 6 innings to give UCF its first ever win over #9 Houston, 6-4.

265th win - 4/9/2008 vs Florida State

UCF completed a doubleheader sweep of Florida State with a 4-1 win as Breanne Javier went 3 for 3 while Ashleigh Cole got the win, going 7 innings and only giving up one run. You can listen to my interview with Javier about her UCF career and more from 2016 right here.

275th win - 5/10/2008 at # 9 Houston (C-USA Championship Game)

Tiffany Lane's 2-run Homer in the top of 6th would help give UCF the Conference USA Championship with a 4-2 win over #9 Houston. Allison Kime would get the best of herarch-rivall Angel Shamblin in their final meeting after a3-yearr rivalry.

276th win - 5/16/2008 vs. USF (NCAA Tournament)

Allison Kime hits a 2-out, 2-strike, 2-RBI triple in the top of the 6th inning to give UCF a thrilling 3-2 win over South Florida.

278th win - 5/18/2008 at #1 Florida (NCAA Tournament Regional Final)

Allison Kime's walk-off hit in the bottom of 8th scored Tiffany Lane to give UCF a 1-0 win to advance to the final game of the Gainesville Regional. The win ended #1 Florida's 36-game overall winning streak and 41-game home winnign streak. UCF was only team to beat Florida that season in Gainesville.

300th win - 3/19/2009 at Houston

On her birthday, Abby McClain went 2 for 2 including a home run as Kristina DeMello picked up the win, going 7 innings, as UCF beat Houston 3-1.

306th win - 2/3/2010 vs. #16 Tennessee

UCF scores 4 runs in the top of the 7th to come from behind and knock off #16 Tennessee 6-3 in Clermont to open 2010 season.

312th win - 2/28/2010 vs. #9 Alabama

UCF scores 3 runs in the first inning and that would be all Ashleigh Cole would need as the Knights knock off #9 Alabama 3-2 at the NFCA Lead-off Classic in Columbus, Georgia.

348th win - 3/5/2011 vs. Florida A&M

Renee Luers Gillispie's 600th win of her career:

392nd win - 4/11/2012 vs. #3 Florida

Freshman Mackenzie Audas dominated the Gators, throwing a 2-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts as UCF knocked off Florida 2-0.

400th win - 4/29/2012 vs. Houston

Winning pitcher Ali Schimdt completes UCF's sweep of Houston on Senior Weekend.

401st win - 5/1/2012 at Bethune Cookman

Mackenzie Audas throws her 1st career no-hitter as UCF beats Bethune Cookman, 4-0.

422nd win - 4/7/2013 vs. UTEP

Mackenzie Audas struck out a career high 17 batters in 11 innings, which was 2nd most by any Knight behind only Allison Kime's 18 in 2007 at Florida State. But the Knights were down 2-0 going into the bottom of 11th but rallied as Farrah Sullivan hit a walk-off grand slam.

446th win - 3/9/2014 vs. Bowling Green

Shelby Turnier breaks the UCF record for most strikeouts in a 7-inning game with 16 in the Knights' 2-0 win. Her 16 Ks was 3rd-highest single-game total in program history behind 17 from Audas in 11 innings vs. UTEP in 2013 and 18 by Kime in 2007 at FSU.

448th win - 3/12/2014 vs. Florida Atlantic

Renee Luers-Gillispie picks up her career win 700th win as Shelby Turnier shuts out the Owls 2-0.

453rd win - 3/22/2014 vs. Memphis

In UCF's first game as member of the American Athletic Conference, Shelby Turnier throws her first career no-hitter as UCF beats Memphis 1-0.

461st win - 4/13/2014 at USF

With the series and possibly a conference regular season title on the line, MacKenzie Audas outdueled the Bulls' all-time pitching great Sara Nevins, who would go on to pitch for Team USA. The Knights would hold on to win 2-1 to win the series and take control of American Athletic Conference regular season race.

464th win - 4/19/2014 vs. Louisville

Jessica Ujvari's grand slam in the bottom of the 6th broke a scoreless tie and gets UCF one step closer to locking up the AAC regular season championship with a 5-1 win over Louisville to clinch the series.

467th win - 4/27/2014 vs. Houston

Going into this series, it was a match-up of the top two teams in the standings of The American. After the weekend UCF took a stranglehold on on the conference with a sweep of Houston, coming from a 4-1 deficit in the series finale to win 7-5. Sullivan had school record 9 hits in a 3-game series and added 5 RBI in the sweep.

469th win - 5/3/2014 at UConn

The Knights clinched the program's first ever regular season conference title, clinching The American with a 3-0 win at UConn.

474th win - 5/7/2014 vs. Stetson - NCAA Tournament Gainesville Regional

UCF advances to the regional final in Gainesville, holding off Stetson 6-4.

482nd win - 2/15/2015 vs. #13 Minnesota

The Knights' 4-0 win over #13 Minnesota would prove to be a significant one for the program as the following Tuesday, for the first time in program history, the Knights entered the Top 25.

497th win - 3/13/2015 vs. Monmouth

Mackenzie Audas became the Knights' all-time leader in career strikeouts, passing Allison Kime with 848 career Ks in the top of the first. In the bottom of the 1st, Kahley Novak stole 2nd to give herself sole possession of the UCF career record with 103 thefts, breaking the record held by Natalie Land. #20 UCF defeated Monmouth 8-3.

500th win - 3/14/2015 vs. Illinois-Chicago

A day after the previous record-breaking day, the Shake and Bake combo of Audas and Turnier combine to give the Knights their 500th program win, defeating UIC 2-1.

503rd win - 3/23/2015 at East Carolina

Shelby Turnier throws her 2nd career no-no with 14 strikeouts in a 3-0 win at East Carolina. Turnier became the third UCF Softball pitcher ever to throw at least two no-hitters, joining Mackenzie Audas and Allison Kime.

506th win - 3/28/2015 vs. UConn

Shelby Turnier throws her 3rd career no-hitter just six days after throwing her second as she knocks off UConn, 2-1.

509th win - 4/3/2015 at Tulsa

In the longest game in program history, Shelby Turnier threw all 16 innings allowing just 1 run as #16 UCF beat Tulsa 2-1.

513th win - 4/11/2015 vs. Houston

Mackenzie Audas would break two of Allison Kime's record in one game. First, she broke Kime's career wins mark with her 73rd career victory, and she did it by throwing her 5th career no-hitter, breaking her tie with Kime's 4 no-nos as #17 UCF run-ruled the Cougars 13-0 in 5 innings.

517th win - 4/18/2015 at Memphis

The 15th-ranked Knights clinched their second straight American Athletic Conference regular championship with a 6-1 win at Memphis.

522nd win - 5/9/2015 vs. Tulsa (AAC Championship Game)

Samantha McCloskey's walk-off home run in the bottom of 7th gives the Knights the American Athletic Conference Championship over Tulsa.

524th win - 5/16/2015 vs. South Carolina (NCAA Tournament)

The Knights pick up a school record 50th win in the season, breaking the 2008 team's mark of 49 wins. The Knights won 5-2 behind a complete game from MacKenzie Audas, who picked up career win #78 in what turned out to be her final career start, to send the Knights to the regional final.

527th win - 2/12/2016 vs. Alabama

In the first ever game at the UCF Softball Complex between two top 25 teams, #17 UCF knocks off #5 Alabama 8-1 in front of a sold-out crowd. Courtney Rotton went 4/4 with 5 RBI while Shelby Turnier struck out 9 in the win.

548th win - 4/1/2016 at UConn

It was a milestone day at UConn as Shelby Turnier became the third UCF pitcher ever to have 70 or more career wins with her 21st career shutout which also moved her to third place all-time at UCF in that category as the Knights won 1-0, giving Renee Luers-Gillispie her 800th career win.

557th win - 5/1/2016 at #18 USF

UCF came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie it up at 3-3, but were on verge of losing their first-ever conference series with USF as the Bulls had bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 7th. But Willow Kalinen had other ideas as she caught a fly ball and threw out the Bulls' baserunner at home for the double play. The Knights got out of the jam and Samantha McCloskey hit a two-run home the in top of the 9th to give UCF a 5-3 win.

560th win - 5/12/2016 vs. UConn

Shelby Turnier became UCF's all-time winningest pitcher, passing her former teammate MacKenzie Audas with her 79th win as the Knights defeated the Huskies 3-2 to advance to the semifinal.

561st win - 5/20/2016 vs. Florida Atlantic - NCAA Tournament

In a great pitching duel, Shelby Turnier out-dueled her high school and college rival Kylee Hanson as a Jasmine Acevedo home run was all Turnier would need to pick up her 80th career win. Turnier became just the 2nd UCF pitcher to throw a shutout in the NCAA Tournament, joining Allison Kime, who did it in the 2008 regional final against Florida.

562nd win - 5/21/2016 vs. Florida Atlantic (NCAA Tournament Gainesville Regional)

Jessica Ujvari's walk off home run in the bottom of the 8th sent the Knights to their third straight regional final, knocking off Florida Atlantic 2-1 in 8 innings. Jessica's twin sister Jamie Ujvari got the win, going all 8 innings.

585th win - 4/16/2017 vs. USF

Kyra Klarkowski's walk off hit in the bottom of the 9th gives UCF the War on I-4 series win over the Bulls.

Who knows what the next 600 wins will bring us or what new names we will go down in UCF Softball history? But we do know that the best is still to come.