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In a low-scoring contest Friday, UCF softball fell to the East Carolina Pirates, the first of a three-game weekend series.

UCF’s senior pitcher Jamie Ujvari pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four hits with a 1.57 era, resulting in a 2-1 defeat from the Pirates.

“My mindset was just attacking the batter,” Ujvari said. “They’re a really aggressive team from when we watched tape, and [I was] trying to go at them with my best stuff.”

Although the pitching and defense was not to blame, as UCF had a total of seven hits to East Carolina's four.

“They had timely hits and that’s what it comes down to in the game of softball,” Ujvari said. “We’ll bring some fire tomorrow and really come back.”

Head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said the team lacked energy and did not capitalize on scoring opportunities.

“We just weren’t getting key hits when we needed them,” Luers-Gillispie said. “We had the runners in scoring position and weren’t getting the hits … and they were getting the hits with nobody on. You’ve got to get the hits when the opportunity counts, and we just didn’t do that today.”

East Carolina scored on an RBI by senior shortstop Casey Alcorn and another RBI by junior first baseman Ali Ramirez. UCF scored its only run off a double by senior catcher Samantha McCloskey, who went 1-2 at bat after going 2-4 with three RBIs against USF on Sunday.

Players hope the day's loss will provide the extra motivation for today's at-home 6 p.m. matchup against East Carolina.

“We gave them some motivation today,” McCloskey said. “Not playing with all of our energy and passion we have. So we’re gonna come back tomorrow and take this to heart and show ‘em who we are.”

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Jean Racine is a Sports Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future.

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