The UCF Knights softball team couldn’t overcome the Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday night, losing their first game of the season in a 3-0 shutout.
Right off the bat, Ole Miss scored in the top of the first inning with the aid of right fielder Kaylee Horton, who recorded a single, before stealing for second base and bringing herself back to home plate.
Horton also bumped the Rebels' score to 2-0 in the third inning the same exact way.
The third run of the game came in the fourth inning when left fielder Tate Whitley led a double steal.
Both UCF and Ole Miss kept their pitchers, Alea White and Brittany Finney respectively, in the game for all seven innings.
“I’m very pleased of how the way Alea pitched,” UCF head coach Cindy Ball-Malone said. “I think she threw well enough to win a ball game, and only allowing one hit run to come in speaks a lot to her because that Ole Miss offense is a good offense.”
Redshirt junior infielder Tamesha Glover attributed the Knight's bad luck to first-game jitters and said that the team needs to read the defense better.
“Now that we got the first game out of the way, we’ll be more relaxed, more calm. We know what we’re doing now, so we just need to connect and come together as a team,” Glover said. “...I feel like when we’re struggling hitting, we just need to read our defense, like if there’s an opportunity to put a bunt down we should do that, so that way we can advance further.”
The Knights will look to bounce back as they face off against the Minnesota Gophers in another home game on Friday at 7:30 p.m.