No. 20 UCF Knights got past ECU 2-1 on Saturday to complete a three-game sweep to improve to 37-10 on the season, 9-0 in The American, and winners of 8 straight.
Let’s go around the bases:
1st: Pitching Dominated the Series
The combination of Gianna Mancha and Kama Woodall dominated the Pirates’ offense, holding them to just four hits and two runs (one earned) in the three-game series.
Mancha started the series with a one-hit shutout on Thursday, which was her 6th of the season. Woodall followed it up with a one-hitter of her own, giving up just one unearned run against her former team with 8 strikeouts as UCF won 6-1.
Mancha and Woodall combined for the win on Saturday, with Mancha getting her 16th win of the season, going 6 innings giving up one run, while Woodall came in the 7th to get her 3rd save of the season.
Mancha is now 5-0 in AAC play with 0.62 ERA with 36 Ks in 34 innings, while Woodall is 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA.
2nd: Two-out Hitting, Unsung Heroes Carried UCF’s Offense
UCF scored 6 of their 9 runs this weekend with two outs. The Knights’ bottom of the order produced most of the offense, with Justene Molina driving in a couple of runs in the series, Maddie Bejarano, Micaela Macario, and Johneshia Rowe also contributed.
3rd: Denali Schappacher Keeps Moving up UCF’s Record Books
Schappacher went 5/9 in the series, which puts her at 215 career hits, which is one away from Tiffany Lane (2008-2011) for 6th place and 2 away from Kahley Novak (2012-2015) for 5th place all-time in hits.
Schappacher also scored her 133rd run on Saturday, moving past Cici Alvarez (2004-2007) for fifth place on UCF’s all-time runs scored list and coming to within one of Natalie Land (2009-12) for 4th place.
Schappacher also became the 6th Knight to reach 60 stolen bases in a career Friday night moving her into tie for 5th place with Megan Greenwell.
Home: Ashleigh Griffin Is Becoming a Complete Player
On March 5th, Ashleigh Griffin was hitting .161 on season going into South Carolina game. Griffin would go on to hit the game-winning hit to beat South Carolina. Since that game Griffin has been hitting over .400, raising her average 123 points to .284, and driving in 22 runs in last 27 games. That continued with a big bases-loaded clearling double in Friday’s night win.
On Deck: UCF travels to Houston to take on their long-time rivals, the Houston Cougars, April 22-24.