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The UCF Knights continued their hot hitting as they beat the South Dakota Coyotes by a score of 8-0, ending the game in a mercy rule.

On Saturday night, senior pitcher Jamie Ujvari dominated from the mound pitching five innings, striking out nine, and allowing only one hit.

“I knew my defense had my back. I was working ahead of the count and having some fun with the batters,” Ujvari said.

The Knights offense had fun too. They had base runners in every inning and in the second, scored two runs.

Senior first baseman Kalyn Cenal started it off with a double to right field followed by a RBI triple by redshirt junior outfielder Jasmine Acevedo. Acevedo was knocked in by junior outfielder Willow Kalinen’s single.

“Insurance runs take a lot of pressure off of us pitchers,” Ujvari said.

The offense did just that. They scored three more runs in the bottom of the third inning. After a walk and an infield single, senior designated player and catcher Jessica Ujvari stepped to the plate and hit a double down the left field line, scoring two runners.

Freshman Tiffany Lower pinch ran for Ujvari and was driven home by senior catcher Samantha McCloskey.

“Coming together as one unit and just working and cheering each other on and getting back to back hits and creating something is such a good feeling. I’m proud of my teammates,” Jessica Ujvari said.

The Knights would end the game in the bottom of the fifth after scoring three more runs. The game ended with a wild pitch scoring the eighth run and bringing the mercy rule into play.

The Knights hope to continue their winning streak on Tuesday, March 8, as they take on Ball State at 3:30 p.m. and Illinois State at 6:00 p.m.

Johnathan Kuntz is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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Johnathan Kuntz is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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