The Knights in 1-0 fashion, defeated Georgia Tech on Thursday night in an intense game before they host Florida State after the holiday weekend for one of their toughest matches of the year.
“We got to work on getting our bats going again, but defensively we did a nice job,” head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said.
With the one run scored during the bottom of the second inning, the Knights’ offense had four players reach base. Sophomore infielder Courtney Rotton managed to get to third base and was relieved by pinch-runner Kalyn Cenal who scored the team’s only run.
“We made our adjustments at the end, brought in a run, and that’s what we did to win the game,” senior catcher and designated player Jessica Ujvari said.
Redshirt junior center fielder Jasmine Acevedo got a hit during the second inning that allowed her to reach first base. After hitting another ball to far center field during the third Inning, Rotton made it to first base.
“We didn’t have any errors, we were solid and we were having our pitchers' backs the whole time,” Rotton said. “So if they were to get into a struggle, we knew we were going to be the ones to help them out, not only defensively but offensively as well.”
After a short struggle with the first strike, Rotton was able to get a hit and reach first base during the bottom of the fifth inning, allowing junior left fielder Linnea Goodman to reach second base.
“I just tried to focus in and look for where I wanted to hit and made the adjustments in the box at every bat to get the pitch that I wanted to hit to help my team,” Rotton said.
The team will rest with some time off during Easter weekend and will prepare for their home match against Florida State University on Tuesday.
Dakota Croog is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.