The Knights defeated the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in a low scoring, 2-0 game on Friday night, kicking off a 15-game home stand, thus extending their win streak to five.

“Being home where we practice each and every game, it just gives us that momentum to just want to make our fans proud,” senior designated player and catcher, Jessica Ujvari said.

“We come out and we try and give our best each pitch and each game, and that’s what we did tonight and we’re looking forward to doing more,” Ujvari said.

Ujvari finished with one RBI and three hits in the victory over the Blue Raiders and has garnered the attention of UCF’s coaching staff.

“Every day we talk about winning one pitch at a time, one play at a time, one at-bat at a time, and right now, I just think we’re really coming into our own,” assistant coach Horace Smith said.

The Knights, ranked No. 25 in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Top 25, started off strong in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs off of a steal by junior outfielder Linnea Goodman and an RBI by Ujvari.

However, after the first inning, the Knights’ offense came to a halt. UCF had seven hits and did not score a single additional run through the rest of the game.

The Knights were much more effective on defense, keeping the Blue Raiders from getting on base until the top of the fourth inning, never allowing them to score.

Senior pitcher Shelby Turnier was stellar on the mound for the Knights, allowing no runs and striking out six batters.

The Knights, who are 9-8,  will take on South Dakota at the UCF Softball Complex tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.


Christian Simmons is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.