UCF soft­ball earns first win over Ga­tors in 2005

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS THURSDAY - By Iliana Limón Romero

UCF pitcher Lindsay En­ders gave up a three-run homer in front of hos­tile Florida Ga­tors soft­ball fans, but her coach never doubted she could come through with one of the big­gest wins in pro­gram his­tory.

En­ders re­bounded to re­tire the fi­nal four UF bat­ters, beat­ing the No. 23 Ga­tors 5-3 dur­ing a Gainesvill­e Re­gional elim­i­na­tion game on this date in 2005.

It was the Knights’ first vic­tory over the Ga­tors in the his­tory of the soft­ball pro­gram, adding to the pres­sure En­ders faced. She fired a com­plete game to fin­ish and earned her 26th win of the sea­son.

“Lindsay is a com­peti­tor,” UCF soft­ball coach Re­nee Luers-Gil­lispie told UCFKnights.com. “I knew she was go­ing to be able to re­bound af­ter the home run.”

Stephanie Best played a big role in the win, go­ing 3-for-4 with two RBI.

All five of UCF’s runs came with two outs, the type of clutch ef­fort that fi­nally pushed the Knights past the Ga­tors.

“We’ve had some close calls against Florida over the years,” Luers-Gil­lispie said. “I was so proud of the ef­fort and the heart our girls showed tonight.”

UCF lost to ri­val USF the next night in an­other elim­i­na­tion game be­fore Bethune-Cook­man knocked out the Bulls to claim the Gainesvill­e Re­gional crown. The Wild­cats were later elim­i­nated by Texas in the Austin Su­per Re­gional.

COUR­TESY OF UCF ATH­LET­ICS

UCF soft­ball coach Re­nee Luers-Gil­lispie, left, and the Knights scored their first win in school his­tory over Florida on this date in 2005.

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