The women’s softball team managed to belt a home run in the seventh inning after going head-to-head against Notre Dame on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Fighting Irish managed to claim the 5-1 win against the Knights.
“Offensively, we didn’t make the adjustments that we needed to,” head coach Renee Gillispie said. “Defensively, we allowed the team to take advantage of a lot of situations.”
The first of two games for the Knights on Feb. 26 happened at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, where the kick off for the Citrus Classic Tournament occurred.
“It seems that the air that we're missing is the intensity that we need to play,” Gillispie said.
The Knights trailed behind Notre Dame by three runs after the first inning and didn’t change as they went into the fourth against a strong lineup.
Shortly after the top of the fourth inning, UCF held on as they brought in a ready defense to prevent two Notre Dame players from reaching home in the bottom of the inning after some strong hitting.
Notre Dame continued to build their lead on the Knights in the sixth inning when two Irish crossed home as a ball traveled to far left field.
It wasn’t until the top of the seventh inning that senior designated hitter Jessica Ujvari was able to bat a ball over the fence for the team’s first and only run of the game.
“When it was my last bat, I had nothing to lose because I knew I was seeing the ball well and so I found the pitch that I wanted,” Ujvari said.
The Knights will compete against Syracuse at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
Dakota Croog is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.