The Knights keep rolling past opponents as they beat Ball State 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon for their ninth straight win.
Senior pitcher Jamie Ujvari, now 4-0 on the year, had another strong performance from the pitcher’s circle, going 6 2/3 innings, giving up six hits, two runs and striking out seven.
“We knew Ball State would be aggressive at the plate,” head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. “They were going to swing at a lot of pitches and settle in on the fastball. We knew we had to mix it up with off-speed and Jamie was a great [pitcher for this].”
Ball State scored quickly when Ujvari gave up a two-run homer to shortstop Emily Dabkowski.
The Knights didn’t have to wait long after to take the lead though. After two walks, two hit batters, an infield single and a wild pitch, UCF scored three runs to take the lead.
Senior catcher Samantha McCloskey gave Ujvari some breathing room when she crushed her first homerun of the year, a two-RBI shot in the third inning.
“I was just trying to do anything to get runs on the board and help our team out,” McCloskey said.
In the top of the fourth inning, junior left fielder Linnea Goodman made a spectacular catch in foul territory. The ball was moving away from her as she dove, snagging the ball before it hit the ground.
In the fifth inning, good defense continued as redshirt junior centerfielder Jasmine Acevedo made a good snag on a ball hit hard to left-center field.
“We have a great defense and our defense is going to make plays behind [the pitcher],” McCloskey said.
“We play for each other. We’re playing for this school. We’re not going to let anyone come in here and walk over us. We’re here to fight. We’re here to win,” senior pitcher Shelby Turnier said.
The Knights (13-8) continue their long home stand with a game against Ball State on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Johnathan Kuntz is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.