The Knights pulled off dramatic win on Monday night knocking off No. 5 Virginia Tech 5-4 in 11 innings to improve to 30-10 on season and salvage a game tight 3 game series with Hokies. Here my thoughts as we go Around The Bases.
1st- Shannon Doherty Is Clutch
Doherty is responsible for three of UCF’s four walk-off wins in 2022. Doherty started the season with a homer down the left field line on opening night in UCF’s 7-6, eighth inning win over No. 12 Georgia and followed up a few weeks later with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to beat Ole Miss 6-3.
Monday goes down as one of Doherty’s best games as she set tone with Knights first hit in the game in bottom of 2nd to give UCF’s first hit against All-American Keely Rochard which set up Ashleigh Griffin 2-run HR and change momentum of game.
Fast forward to bottom of 11th where Jada Cody got on with 1 out single to set the stage for Doherty.
2nd- Gianna Mancha/Kama Woodall Combo Are Battle Tested
Mancha and Woodall each shine in three game series against a deep Hokies offense that hit 328 as a team averaging over 6 runs per game.
Mancha was spectacular in Game 1 Sunday going the distance giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits which any other day would have resulted in a win. On this day it went up against Rochard’s no-hitter in Virginia Tech’s 1-0 win.
Monday night it was Woodall turn to shine bouncing back from set back from her start in game two of series by pitching 6 innings in relief not giving up a run after 6th inning to get the win.
3rd- Ashleigh Griffin and Maddie Bejarano Provide Power
Griffin hit a two-run homer clearing the left field fence to tie the game up at 2 in 2nd inning and followed up with 2 out RBI double in the 6th inning to tie the game at 4.
Maddie Bejarano chip in with a homer off the scoreboard, that gave UCF a 3-2 lead in 2nd.
Griffin and Bejarano have quietly provided some pop hitting behind Cody and Doherty.
Home- UCF Remains In Mix To Host
The win improved the Knights RPI ranking to 11. On Wednesday night, UCF defeated North Florida 2-1 to improve to 31-10 and move up to 10 in RPI ranking which is best in program history this late in season.
Something to keep in mind. Since 2008, Every team that has had RPI of 10 or better on Selection Sunday has gone on to host.
The Knights have currently 11 wins against the top 50 RPI teams despite playing 15th toughest schedule in the country. Why is that significant? Since 2008, Every “Non P5” Team that had 10 or more wins against top 50 rpi teams would go on to host.
On Deck - UCF Returns to Conference Play this weekend hosting Memphis.