The Knights were defeated in extra innings Tuesday afternoon 2-0 by the Florida Atlantic Owls following the end of a 15-game win streak handed to them by Purdue.
“I think we just took so many good pitches and swung at the ones that weren’t for us,” senior designated player Jessica Ujvari said.
UCF’s defense was effective for the most part as senior pitcher Shelby Turnier struck out seven batters, allowed only four hits and two runs. The offense was a different story however.
“Sometimes I think we speed the game up and we start panicking and try to hit pitches that aren’t good pitches to hit,” head coach Renee Gillispie said. “We’re always either winning or we’re learning and we definitely learned in that game.”
From start to finish, the game was a defensive battle. Neither team had a hit until the bottom of the second when Ujvari got on base for the Knights.
Throughout the first seven innings, neither team was able to generate much offense. The Knights were struck out nine times and the score remained 0-0 heading into the eighth inning.
In the top of the eighth, the Knights’ defense finally slipped. FAU recorded a triple and a double on back-to-back plays that scored two runs for the Owls, giving them a 2-0 lead.
The Knights’ offense showed some signs of life in the bottom of the eighth inning. Following a walk by junior shortstop Brittany Solis and a hit by junior outfielder Willow Kalinen, the bases were loaded for the Knights. However, the Knights then accumulated three outs in a row off of caught balls, sending them to the locker room with a loss.
The Knights, now 19-10, will play New Mexico State tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the UCF Softball Complex.
Christian Simmons is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.