UCF’s softball team extended their winning streak to 12 on Thursday night in an 8-0 mercy rule event against visiting Florida Gulf Coast University.
The offense struck fast, striking hard. They had 11 batters step up to the plate in the first inning scoring seven runs.
Junior left fielder Linnea Goodman started the game off with a bunt as junior shortstop Brittany Solis hit a single, bringing up sophomore third baseman Courtney Rotton who was then struck by a pitch which loaded the bases for senior catcher and designated player Jessica Ujvari.
Ujvari then took advantage and gave her sister, senior pitcher Jamie Ujvari a two-run cushion when she doubled to right-center field.
“We all came out ready to hit. We were loose. We’re having fun right before the game,” junior centerfielder Jasmine Acevedo said.
Rookie second baseman Cassady Brewer picked up an RBI when she hit the ball off the pitcher's glove.
Senior first baseman Kalyn Cenal drove in another run after she hit a single up the middle of the field allowing junior right fielder Willow Kalinen to keep the inning alive as she was able to get on base due to an error on the field.
Goodman, who started the inning, would hit in two more runs when she drove the ball to left-center field.
“We really believed in our ability as a team and in ourselves,” Acevedo said.
Jamie Ujvari, now 5-0, continues to pitch brilliantly for the Knights. She pitched four shutout inning, tallying nine strikeouts and walking four.
“I get to have some fun out there. I know there are seven insurance runs behind me,” Ujvari said.
In the top of the fourth inning, she loaded the bases with walks, but was able to get herself out of the jam by striking out, pinch hitter, Brittany Mcguire.
Junior pitcher Manami Calixto finished the game, pitching two innings, recording three strikeouts.
“[As a pitching unit], we’re just going in and shutting them down,” Ujvari said.
Tuesday night’s hero Samantha McCloskey came up to bat with the bases loaded and with only one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, hit the ball to short, scoring senior pinch runner Kirsten Foster, ending the game in mercy-rule fashion.
“You take care of business when you need to take care of business. That’s our whole standard as a team. They understand they need to go to work when it’s their turn to go to work,” head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said.
The Knights hope to keep their winning streak intact when they play two games on Friday. They take on Utah at 2:30 p.m. and Florida Gulf Coast at 4:30 p.m.
Johnathan Kuntz is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.