A sold-out crowd shattering records gathered to watch the UCF Knights take on the Florida Gators on Wednesday in a jaw-dropping win that ended with a score of 1-0.
The Knights (25-13) brought the fire to the field against the Gators (32-5), slapping zeros upon zeros on the score board.
While the Gators started off weak in the first inning, the Knights came out strong by making their first run immediately. Sophomore second baseman Aubrey Johnson was the player who started the scoring opportunity with a single to right field.
Johnson advanced to second on a fly ball to right from senior third baseman Courtney Rotton and then scored the only run of the game as junior catcher Cassady Brewer hit a single to right field.
Brewer was just happy to hit the ball because it brought her back to the time that she was in the stands cheering for her sister in 2012 playing against the same team.
“Well she got that hit and she always told me, ‘Oh, I got a hit so you have to do good now against them too,’" Brewer said. "It’s a little competition that we have so I’m excited to tell her how I did."
The last time the Knights beat the Gators was that same year.
This year, other than taking on another win under the Knights belt, they broke the crowd record with 1,236 people attending. This beats out the 2010 crowd with an attendance of 1,091 people.
Right after the second inning, the board left the score with zeros for both teams, but that didn't let the Knights lose their focus as they knew that sophomore pitcher Alea White had it in the bag with her one-hit performance against the Gators.
While the girls weren’t afraid of Florida's ranking, Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie knew it was going to be tough team to beat no matter what, but still wanted to give more energy than the Gators bring back home.
“It’s huge. You know how well our football team did in the fall so we had a little pressure on us for that kind of the same format,” Luers-Gillispie said. “With our baseball team beating Florida earlier on in the spring I’m like 'wow now the pressure is really on.'”
It was Florida's first loss since they fell to Florida International University on March 28, snapping a four-game winning streak.
“We knew they were going to be a really tough competition and we knew that we were have to throw strikes and couldn’t be afraid of the name on the chest because that’s what a lot of people do,” Brewer said. “We knew we had the means to beat them and we knew we had the heart to beat them.”
The next game for the Knights will be on Friday as they start an away three-game series against the UConn Huskies.
Photos: UCF takes on No.4 UF, beating them 1-0 in front of record crowd
The UCF Knights took on the UF Gators in front of a record-setting crowd of 1,236 people at the UCF Softball Complex on Wednesday, April 4. The Knights came out victorious, beating the Gators 1-0 and marking the first time the Knights have defeated the Gators since 2012.