After taking a month off from pitching following the end of the Knights' 2012 season in May, Conference USA Freshman and Pitcher of the Year Mackenzie Audas traveled to Virginia to play in the USSSA Women's Fast-Pitch Softball World Series in Botetourt County, near Roanoke.
Audas pitched for the Virginia Legends during the event and added two more accolades to her ever-growing resume as her squad dominated the 12-team field en route to winning the championship. On top of the team's success, Audas was named the Pitching MVP of the tournament after pitching four perfect innings in the championship game.
"Considering she was not in mid-season form she was exceptional," head coach Bobby Willis explained. "She was perfect in the championship game and she pitched real well in our scrimmage, pool play and the double elimination. UCF usually has good pitchers but Mackenzie is special."
Each of the 12 teams in the event were allowed to field players with ages ranging from 18 to 32. The Legends featured former professional softball players Trena Peel and Amber Jackson, with Peel taking offensive MVP honors for the event, as well as former Florida Gator and current Missouri Tiger Sami Fagan earning the overall tournament MVP.
The Legends dominated the 12-team field en route to the championship. The team went 7-1 overall and outscored their opponents' 55-3.
"We appreciate coach Willis giving Mackenzie the opportunity to play summer ball in such a quality tournament, UCF softball head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. "We hope she can pitch in the event again next summer as well. I am thrilled at how well she pitched."