Going into their third game of the Citrus Classic II Tournament this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, the UCF Knights beat the Syracuse Orange 4-0 in a shutout event.
When the Knights took the field this Saturday, they came to win, scoring two runs in the first inning alone thanks to junior Linnea Goodman and senior Jessica Ujvari. Compared to their loss to Notre Dame on Friday, Feb. 26, and their win against Yale later that night, their success against Syracuse showed the team’s chemistry on the field and their determination to play as well as they can no matter what the circumstances may be.
“The difference between [the games] were we did all the little things right,” senior Jamie Ujvari said.
Head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie stressed to the team to focus on the little things rather than putting all of their effort into the big plays that have a higher possibility of falling through.
“Don’t be the girl that wants to hit the home run. Be the girl that’s there to put a bunt down, execute,” Jamie Ujvari said.
Ujvari was very effective in her pitching techniques throughout the game, only walking two players and allowing four hits. Junior Brittany Solis also made some good plays in the top of the fifth inning, catching two pop flies from Syracuse to help end a potentially dangerous inning.
“We have so many big hitters that we want to sit back and hit … as a big-hitting team we are not producing anything,” Gillispie said. “In order to get production, you have to be almost selfless in the way that you play.”
The softball teams’ next home game is at the UCF Softball Complex, Friday, March 4, against Middle Tennessee State at 3:30 P.M.
Savana Hardin is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.