UCF v. Pitt softball CJ

Aubrey Johnson (18) prepares to swing during the game Saturday night at the UCF Softball Complex. The Knights beat the Panthers 2-0, bringing their win streak to four games this season.

The UCF Softball team defeated Pittsburgh for the second time this weekend by a score of 2-0 Saturday at the UCF Softball Complex.

The win was the Knights' second in their doubleheader, coming after a 3-2 win against Penn State earlier in the day.

The game got off to a rocky start after freshman pitcher Ashley Stephenson walked the first two opposing batters. UCF brought in junior Alea White to relieve Stephenson immediately after.

Junior infielder Aubrey Johnson said White has been on fire and she wasn’t worried going into today’s game.

“We started off with [Stephenson] but the umpires were having trouble with her so we threw [White] in there and she shut them down,” Johnson said.

Once her name was called to relieve Stephenson, White said she knew she would have to switch it up and attack with different pitches.

“I did not know I had to throw both games [today]," White said. "I just knew to stay ready and knew to be prepared from the side."

The first run of the game was scored by UCF sophomore designated player Hayley Bejarano in the bottom of the second inning after Johnson hit a double to right field.

After a ball hit by senior catcher Cassady Brewer turned into a Panthers error in the field, sophomore outfielder Denali Schappacher scored the Knights' second run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. 

That's all UCF would need in the game, as White dominated. She finished the game with six strikeouts and no walks.

UCF head coach Cindy Ball-Malone said as a coach, she couldn’t ask anything more of White after she stepped up and brought the team out of the first inning.

“Her experience pitching is really holding us and carrying us, and our team follows her,” Ball-Malone said.

After Saturday's doubleheader sweep, UCF is 8-4 on the season. The two wins brought its win streak to four games — the team's longest of the 2019 season. 

The Knights play their next game Sunday against Louisiana Tech at the UCF Softball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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