Mackenzie Audas reflects on UCF, Talks Photography

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Photo Courtesy of UCFKnights.com

Mackenzie Audas has had many changes in her life since she threw her last pitch of her softball career at UCF back on May 17,2015 in Tallahassee regional final. For starters, Mackenzie  got married to Preston Packrall who was a former pitcher at Univerity of Tampa. Mackenzie Packrall opened new company into photography called Kenzie Packrall Photography as Mackenzie takes photos of Weddings , Portraits and more. Mackenzie also teaches first grade as well in Tampa area.

Photography is a passion Mackenzie has had for a long time. In our interview she discusses on how she got into photography and how it compares to pitching which has more in common then one may think.

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Audas and Turnier were known as “Shake & Bake” played together from 2013-2015. (Photo Courtesy Jim Hartsing)

Mackenzie reflected on her career at UCF which included being the first ever  Academic- All-American in program history as well as being part of Two American Conference Regular season championships (2014-2015) as well as 2015 American Conference Tournament Title (2015) and 3 NCAA Tournament Appearances (2012,2014,2015). Mackenzie holds many records at UCF including Career strikeouts, and No Hitters. Among the topics Mackenzie talked about included.

  • How Mackenzie ended up at UCF?
  • What drove Mackenzie to starting her own photography company?
  • What USF Pitcher did Mackenzie take photos of recently?
  • What legendary UCF pitcher was Mackenzie compared to while in High School?
  • Win against Florida as a freshman in 2012
  • Playing with Shelby Turnier
  • Being part of senior class with Kahley Novak, Farrah Sullivan, Madeline Schroeder, Blaire Kelly.
  • 1st ever start at UCF against Ohio State
  • Breaking Wins and No Hitter record against Houston.

Interview with Mackenzie Packrall

CAREER ACCOLADES
UCF Softball career leader in strikeouts, games started, appearances, no hitters
2015 Unanimous All-American Athletic Conference First Team
2015 Academic All-American
2015 NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team
2012 Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Year
2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year
2012 All-Conference USA First Team
2014 All-American Athletic Conference Second Team
2014 The American All-Tournament Team
2012 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2013 C-USA All-Academic Team
2013 NFCA Division-I Scholar Athlete
C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal (2012, 2013)
C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (2012, 2013)
No-Hitter v. Bethune-Cookman (5/5/12)
No-Hitter v. UTEP (4/6/13)
Combined No-Hitter with Mackenzie Huhn vs. Iona (3/18/14)
No-Hitter v. George Mason (2/6/15)

2015 – SENIOR SEASON
Mackenzie passed Allison Kime as the career strikeouts leader with her second strikeout of the game against Monmouth (3/14).

Mackenzie went 24-1 on the season with 0.95 ERA which was 2nd in the nation behind Turnier’s 0.87.
Tied her career-high twice with 14 strikeouts in a 6-1 win over Arkansas and a 3-0 win over UTEP.
Mackenzie broke school record for most wins and no-hitters in a career in the same game against Houston on 4/11

2014 – JUNIOR SEASON
-All-American Athletic Conference Second Team
-2014 The American All-Tournament Team
-Mackenzie Tossed six innings with 11 strikeouts of a combined no-hitter, , the first in program history, with Mackenzie Huhn against Iona (3/18)
– Won 2 games in Tampa against USF including a 2-1 win in final game of the three game series against the arch rivals Bulls on April 13th as Mackenzie out pitched All-American pitcher Sara Nevins.

-Posted sixth shutout of season to open AAC Tournament, striking out eight and giving up four hits vs. UConn (5/8)
-Recorded first NCAA Regional win against Florida A&M with eight strikeouts in a complete game.

2013- Sophomore Season

Mackenzie was 1st UCF pitcher to throw a No-Hitter at the UCF Softball Complex against Utep on April 6th. Mackenzie  followed it up on April 7th against Utep with 17 strikeouts in 11 innings which is 2nd most strikeouts ever in a game behind UCF pitcher behind only Kime’s 18 in 12 innings in 2007 at Florida State.

2012 – FRESHMAN SEASON
Mackenzie won Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Year becoming the first Knight to ever win Pitcher of the Year award in school history.
Mackenzie also won Conference USA Freshman of the Year
All Conference USA First Team
Conference USA All-Freshman Team
Earned the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal
Named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll
Finished the year with a 21-12 record with a 1.28 ERA and 279 strikeouts in 229.2 innings
Finished 8th nationally in ERA and 19th nationally in strikeouts and was first in the nation in both categories among freshmen
Mackenzie turned in the greatest freshman season in UCF softball history, shattering every major freshman pitching record including wins, ERA,  and strikeouts.
Mackenzie threw her first no-hitter of her career at Bethune-Cookman (5/5). Ironically the pitcher was compared to Kime also threw her first career No-Hitter against Bethune Cookman in her first year at UCF back in 2006.

The game that will be remembered not only from Mackenzie’s freshman season but of her career was on April 11th when Audas tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a victory over No. 3 Florida in a game that was nationally televised state wide.

PRIOR TO UCF

Videos Courtesy of UCFKnights.com

Was a four-year letterwinner in softball at Plant City High School
Named to the all-county first team as a sophomore
Co-MVP at Plant City HS as a junior
Named to the all-county first team and all-sun coast second team as a junior
Focus Magazine Athlete of the Month in Feb 2011
District 5A-8 Player of the Year as a senior
Tampa Tribune 2011 Softball Player of the Year

Here some notable UCF records Mackenzie holds or near the record
Most Strikeouts in Career
1- Mackenzie Audas -975
2- Allison Kime – 847
3- Shelby Turnier- 830

Most Games Appearance Career
1- Mackenzie Audas – 150
2- Shelby Turnier- 143
3- Allison Kime – 129
Most Games Started Career
1- Mackenzie Audas- 125
2- Shelby Turnier – 113
3- Allison Kime – 107
No Hitters
1- Mackenzie Audas – 5
2- Allison Kime- 4
3- Shelby Turnier- 3
Most wins in career
1- Shelby Turnier -80
2- Mackenzie Audas- 78
3- Allison Kime -71

Check out Mackenzie’s Photography work right here.

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