The Knights triumphed over the Charlotte 49ers, snapping Charlotte’s 11 game winning streak with a final score of 4-1 on Saturday, February 27.
What began as a pitching duel, drew to end when freshman Cassady Brewer crushed her first home run of her young career over the right field fence.
Senior pitcher Shelby Turnier showed her dominance by only allowing one run and striking out 11 batters over a seven inning complete game.
“I was just determined to beat her. [Knowing Betancourt has been great this year] gives me more motivation to out pitch her,” Turnier said.
Charlotte’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Charlotte’s second baseman sent a ball deep to centerfield. Jasmine Acevedo jumped trying to rob the home run but the ball hit off her glove and continued its path over the fence.
“The fact that she even got to the ball and basically dove over the fence to catch it for me, means everything to me, because I know my teammates are giving me everything they have,” Turnier said.
Alongside the effort in the outfield, infielder Brittany Solis made an over the shoulder catch at shortstop.
Solis came up in the top of the sixth inning when the Knights were down 1-0. Already striking out in her previous two at-bats, Solis was facing a full count. She battled - fouling pitch after pitch. After a long, drawn out at-bat, she hit a line drive-double to left-center.
“I was just making sure I knew what pitch to hit. … I was just a little more focused. … I knew my teammates behind me would get me in, if I got on,” Solis said.
Jessica Ujvari later tied the game with a single to right field. After Charlotte’s shortstop made an error, freshman Cassady Brewer came to the plate with two runners on. The rest was history. She smashed the ball to deep right field and the ball hugged the foul post for her first collegiate home run.
“I’ve been hitting the ball hard,” Brewer said. “It just hasn’t found a hole. Today, it did, and it just happened to go over the fence. It was really cool. To do it and put us ahead by three and then Shelby going out and finishing it off was really good.”
The Knights scraped together four runs off of four hits and they hope to keep their three game winning streak alive as they travel to Jacksonville to take on North Florida on Wednesday, March 2 at 5:00 P.M.
Johnathan Kuntz is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.