No. 24 UCF Knights Softball went 4-1 over the weekend, splitting with South Carolina and completed a three-game sweep of FGCU on Sunday with a 10-2 win in 5 innings to improve to 15-7 on the season.
Let’s go Around The Bases to look back on the weekend:
1st: Jada Cody had the greatest weekend any UCF hitter has ever had
It was greatest weekend I have ever seen any Knight Softball player have.
Jada Cody went 8/15 with 4 homers and 14 runs batted in while scoring 5 runs. To put those numbers in perspective, UCF scored 37 runs in 5 games. Cody was involved in 51% of them! Oh by the way, she started at catcher, third base and 2nd base.
Cody was impactful throughout the weekend. On Friday, following a 5-2 loss to South Carolina, Cody and the Knights took out some frustations on FGCU with a 9-2 win.
But it was Saturday’s HR against South Carolina that was perhaps Cody’s biggest of the weekend, as the Knights were down 2-0 in bottom of 4th and were hitless. Cody changed that:
The Knights would go on to win the game versus the Gamecocks, but Cody was not done. Later that night versus FGCU, Cody would drive 6 runs, including a walk-off 3-run homer as UCF run-ruled FGCU 11-2 in 5 innings.
On Sunday, UCF was trailing 2-0 in the bottom of 3rd. Cody made sure the weekend would end on a good note:
Cody already has a career high 30 runs batted in and is the fastest Knight to drive in 30 runs in a season (22 games) — Yes, even faster than UCF Hall of Famer Stephanie Best, who holds the single season record with 66 in 2003.
2nd: UCF adds to its resume with a win over South Carolina
UCF’s 5-4 win over South Carolina on Saturday was the Knights’ 3rd win of the season against an SEC opponent (Georgia, Ole Miss). Freshman Ashleigh Griffin came through in the bottom of the 7th with a walk-off base hit scoring Jada Cody.
The hit could prove to be a big turning point for Griffin, who followed the game-winner with two more hits and couple of RBI vs. FGCU.
UCF is ranked 19th in the first RPI rankings that came out Monday.
3rd: Madelyn Bejarano has lots of power
Maddie Bejarano quietly had big weekend, going 4/10 with two homers and seven runs batted in.
For the season, Bejarano is hitting .385 with 3 homers and 9 RBI.
Home: Johneshia Rowe set the tone at leadoff
Johneshia Rowe dominated her former team, FGCU, all weekend on defense — throwing out an Eagle base runner at home on Saturday night — and at the plate, going 4/9 with her first triple as a Knight in her first at-bat versus FGCU on Friday.
Rowe, who spent two seasons in Fort Myers before coming to UCF, scored 3 runs, including the game-winner on Sunday.
On Deck: Going back to Cali
The Knights head out west for week to play at Pacific on Tuesday night, at Fresno State on Wednesday, and in the Fullerton/Long Beach Tournament over the weekend against NCAA Tournament teams Boston, Iowa State, and Long Beach State, as well as Cal State Fullerton and Nebraska.
Tuesday night’s game at Pacific marks the return of Head Coach Cindy Ball-Malone to her alma mater, where she was a two-time All-American and has her jersey retired. She will face her former coach, Brian Kolze, who is in his 30th season at Pacific. It will be the first time Ball-Malone faces Pacific as an opposing head coach.