Shelby Turnier Reflects on UCF

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In part 2 of the two part interview with Shelby Turnier, Turnier discusses her UCF career which includes the following:

  • How Shelby ended up at UCF?
  • Playing with Mackenzie Audas and what made “Shake and Bake” Work?
  • Being Part of No 1 pitching staff in country in 2015.
  • What she learned from Audas?
  • What was turning point of her UCF career?
  • Pitching 16 innings at Tulsa in one game and throwing 7 more the next day.
  • Winning American Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015 including pitching a 1 hit shutout in Tournament championship win against Tulsa in 2015.
  • Becoming All-American
  • Setting records at UCF
  • You can listen to Part 1 where Shelby talks about playing in the NPF with Chicago Bandits winning the NPF title and going into coaching becoming asst coach at UNF.

Interview with Shelby Turnier Part 2

Shelby Turnier finished her Knights career ranking in the top five all-time at UCF in wins (1st – 80), appearances (2nd – 143), games started (2nd – 113), lowest opponent batting average (3rd – .188), shutouts (3rd – 23), innings pitched (3rd – 742.1), strikeouts (3rd – 830), batters faced (3rd – 3075) and lowest earned run average (5th – 1.75).
Turnier set the UCF Softball record for wins in a career on May 12th in American Conference Quarterfinal win over UConn at Tulsa striking out a season-high 13 batters in the win.

Shelby became  UCF Softball’s highest draftee in program history during her senior season on April 14th in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft going 11th overall selected by the Chicago Bandits.

In her junior season, Turnier earned the first All-America honors in UCF Softball history after being named a First Team All-American by the NFCA.
– Turnier  also became the first UCF Player to earn the ESPNw National Player of the Week of February 18th.

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Shelby Turnier and Mackenzie Audas with Samantha McCloskey catching most of 2015 season finished 1-2 in NCAA in ERA. (Photo courtesy of Jim Hartsing)

Turnier became the second Knight to earn NFCA National pitcher of the week and also
became the second Knight joining Stephanie Best to earn an NFCA national weekly honor and the first to be named the NFCA Pitcher of the Week on February 17th. Turnier would be honored again on March 31st while also winning USA Softball Pitcher of the week.
Turnier led the NCAA in ERA in the nation and set the UCF single-season record at the same time with an 0.87 ERA in 2015 edging out Audas who finished 2nd in the country with 0.95. Graham Hays wrote about Turnier and Audas in 2015 which was mention in the podcast.

Turnier ended the season as a Top 10  USA Softball Player of the Year Finalist. Also first Knight to reach that list.
Turnier helped UCF get ranked for the first time in program history in February of 2015 after  defeating No. 18 Missouri and No. 13 Minnesota in Clermont where Turnier won 2 high school state championships.

Shelby had a flair for the dramatic and picked up some major  milestones wins for the program and for her Head Coach. Turnier got the win in relief of Audas on March 14,2015  in a 2-1 win over UIC for the program’s 500th win.  Turnier also won UCF Softball Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie’s 700th career win on March 12,2014 against Florida Atlantic and 800th career win on April 1st, 2016 at UConn. The win was also Turnier’s 70th career win and 21st  career shutout which moved her into 3rd place all-time.

Turnier would tie Allison Kime for 2nd all-time in wins in a career with 71st win. What made it special was Turnier did it with Kime broadcasting her game for the American Digital Network.

Turnier would pass Kime the following day against Tulsa for her 72nd win. Tulsa was a team Turnier had many memorable moments against. Turnier set a school record Pitching 16 innings with 14 strikeouts at Tulsa on April 3rd to get a 2-1 win. Turnier followed it up with 7 inning shutout of Tulsa on April 4th.

In her final home start at the UCF Softball Complex on May 8th, Turnier reached another milestone on her senior day against East Carolina getting to 800 strikeouts joining Audas and Kime as only UCF pitchers to have over 800 strikeouts in a career.

Below is where Turnier ranks among some of major categories at UCF.

Most wins in career at UCF
1- Shelby Turnier -80
2- Mackenzie Audas- 78
3- Allison Kime -71

Most Strikeouts in a 7 inning game

1- Shelby Turnier 16  vs Bowling Green 3/9/14
2- Shelby Turnier 15 vs FAMU  2/16/14

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Shelby Turnier and Allison Kime in Tampa following win over USF. Turnier passed Kime in many UCF records in 2016.

2-Allison Kime 15 vs Vermont 3/1/08
2- Allison Kime 15 at Utep 3/31/08
2- Allison Kime 15 at Bethune Cookman 4/20/08
3- Mackenzie Audas 14 vs Kent State 3/21/12

Lowest ERA in Single Season

1- Shelby Turnier 0.87  (2015)
1- Allison Kime 0.87 (2007)
3-Mackenzie Audas 0.95 (2015)

Most Strikeouts in a game regardless of innings.

1- Allison Kime 18 at Florida State 3/28/07   12 Innings)
2- Mackenzie Audas 17 vs Utep 4/7/2013 ( 11 Innings)
3- Shelby Turnier 16 vs Bowling Green 3/9/14 (7 Innings)

Most  Conference Pitcher/Player of the Week Awards. List of Multiple time winners only.

1- Shelby Turnier – 12 times (13-16, CUSA, AAC)
2- Mackenzie Audas – 11 times( 12-15 CUSA, AAC)
3- Allison Kime – 8 times (06-08 CUSA)
4- Stephanie Best- 7 times(02-05 A-Sun)
5- Lindsay Enders -4 times (04-05, A-Sun)
6- Jessica Ujvari – 3 times (14-16, AAC)
6- Jania Shinhoster – 3 times(02-05, A-Sun)
6- Dottie Cupp- 3-times (03-04, A-Sun)
9- Courtney Rotton- 2-times (15-present, AAC)
9- Crystal Kraft – 2-Times (02-05, A-Sun)
9- Kahley Novak – 2 times (12-15 , CUSA, AAC)
9- Asheligh Cole- 2 times  (07-10, CUSA)

Most wins vs Top 25 Opponents

1- Shelby Turnier – 7
2- Ashleigh Cole – 4
3- Allison Kime- 3
4-Mackenzie Audas -2
5- Lindsay Enders -2
6- Kelly McIntyre -1

Most wins in NCAA Tournament Games

1- Allison Kime – 3  (2008)
1- Shelby Turnier- 3 (2014-2016)
3- Mackenzie Audas – 2 (2012,2014-2015)
4- Asheligh Cole -1 (2010)
4- Lindsay Enders – 1 (2005)
4- Jamie Ujvari – 1 (2016)

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

Batting Avg Against career

1-Allison Kime .183
2- Mackenzie Audas .185
3- Shelby Turnier .188

Batting Avg Against in Season
1- Mackenzie Audas .141 (2015
2- Shelby Turnier .148 (2015)
3- Allison Kime .159 (2007)

Most Shutouts

1- Allison Kime 34
2- Mackenzie Audas 29
3- Shelby Turnier 23

Highest K/7 in season
1- Mackenzie Audas 9.74 (2015)
2- Shelby Turnier 9.18 (2014)
3- Shelby Turnier 9.00 (2015)

UCF Videos courtesy of UCF Athletics. For more information on UCF Softball check out UCFKnights.com.  Videos of Tulsa-UCF game in 2016 and American Conference Tournament are courtesy of the American Conference.

You can listen to part 1 of Interview with Shelby Turnier right here where she talked about her rookie season in the NPF with the Chicago Bandits, winning the NPF Championship and going into coaching getting the asst coach job at North Florida.

You can also listen to Interview with Mackenzie Audas who talked about her UCF Career and playing with Shelby right here. 

You can listen to Interview with Allison Kime from April 2016 talking about Shelby Turnier and her chances in the NPF.

 

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