UCF softball vs USF MA

UCF softball right fielder Denali Schappacher (5) looking to get to second base against the USF Bulls. The Knights would go to lose 3-0 on Sunday.

The UCF softball team took a 3-0 loss to South Florida Sunday afternoon at the UCF Softball complex, finishing the War on I-4 weekend series without a win.

The Knights were held scoreless in two of the three games against the Bulls. 

The Bulls got all three of their runs in the fifth inning, starting with back-to-back home runs from senior shortstop Lindsey Devitt and junior centerfielder AnaMarie Bruni.

Their final run came from freshman Jaycie Michael, who scored off back-to-back errors and a sacrifice fly.

UCF junior pitcher Alea White gave up six hits and three runs in her 4 1/3 innings pitched.

Freshman Breanna Vasquez came in and pitched the remainder of the game, allowing only one hit.

The game started slow offensively, with the first four innings going scoreless.

The Knights had a prime scoring chance in the first inning, with both sophomore right fielder Denali Schappacher and redshirt junior third baseman Tamesha Glover hitting singles before senior catcher Cassady Brewer was walked.

The bases were loaded, but the Knights could not score. Junior first baseman Jazmine Esparza struck out, Schappacher was tagged out at home on a fielder’s choice and junior second baseman Aubrey Johnson grounded out to end the threat.

The Knights could have scored again in the fourth inning, as senior left fielder Brooke Barlow stole third but then got tagged out at home. 

This was the second series that UCF has been swept in, with the first happening over a month ago against Florida State.

The Knights are now 28-14 (7-5 American Athletic Conference) after their three losses over the weekend.

The team hits the road Thursday to start a three-game series with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. First pitch for Thursday’s series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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