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#22 UCF Softball Stuns #16 Michigan in Extras, Fall to #1 UCLA

Denali Schappacher manufactures winning run in 8th to beat WOlverines

UCF Softball Complex
UCF Softball Complex
Photo: Jeff Sharon

The #22 UCF Knights Softball team knocked off the #16 Michigan Wolverines in Los Angeles Friday night, 3-2, in the first of a double-header.

UCF 3, Michigan 2 (8)

The Knights took a 1-0 lead on a home run by California native Jazmine Esparza in the third, but Michgan tied it in the 5th. The game went to extra innings, where Michigan took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th in the international tiebreaker.

In the bottom of the 7th, Denali Schappacher singled home Kyra Klarkowski with one out to tie it at 2-2. She then stole second with two out and advanced to third when the throw went into center field. After a walk put runners on the corners, with Shannon Doherty up, Michigan pitcher Alex Storako uncorked a wild pitch, and Schappacher scampered home for the walk-off victory:

In the night cap, the Knights lost to #1 UCLA, 4-2. UCF took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but a three-run homer by Delanie Wisz in the bottom of the inning gave the Bruins the cushion they needed.

The Knights are now 17-3.