No. 20 UCF Knights Softball once again put dominant pitching and timely hitting together in sweeping Memphis to improve to 34-10 and 6-0 in The American.
Let’s go around the bases for look back on the weekend:
1st: Dominant Pitching
Kaitlyn Felton threw a 6-inning shutout in her first AAC start on Sunday as the Knights won 8-0 in 6 innings. Felton followed up Kama Woodall’s 6 shutout innings in Saturday’s 6-0 UCF win over Memphis to improve to 12-2 on the season.
Gianna Mancha set the tone on Friday night, tossing her fifth shutout of the season with a 3-hitter in UCF’s 4-0 win. Mancha fanned six batters and is now up to 318 Ks in her career as a Knight, just two shy of a tie for seventh place with Lindsay Enders (2004-05) on UCF’s all-time list. Mancha’s ERA is now at 1.74.
This was only the second time in program history that UCF did not give up a run in a three-game conference series, and just the third time overall. UCF did not give up a run in their sweep at FAU last year, and the last time UCF did not give up a run in a conference series was at East Carolina in 2015, when Shelby Turnier and Mackenzie Audas combined to give up just 4 hits in the entire series.
2nd: Rowe and Searcy Set The Tone
Johneisha Rowe and Kennedy Searcy have been setting tone on offense, getting on base for Jada Cody and Shannon Doherty. Rowe and Searcy combined to go 10/18 in the series, scoring five runs and driving in three runs of their own.
Searcy went 5/9, driving in a couple of runs, including a season high three hits on Sunday, while Rowe scored four runs on weekend and stole three bases.
3rd: #JadaWatch Continues
Jada Cody went 5/10 in the series, driving in another three runs on the weekend to go up to 56 on the season, which is just 10 away from Stephanie Best’s UCF record of 66, set back in 2003.
Cody became the 9th player in program history to reach 100 career RBI on Friday night — the second-fastest Knight to reach that milestone behind only Best.
Home: Celebrating 20 Years of UCF Softball
This weekend the Knights celebrated alumni weekend, as many former Knights returned. UCF Hall of Famer Natalie Land threw out the first pitch on Saturday.
On Deck: UCF will host ECU this week the series goes Thursday through Saturday because of the Easter holiday:
- Thursday - 6 p.m.
- Friday - 6 p.m.
- Saturday - 2 p.m.