Softball Credit: Louisville Athletics

UCF softball run-ruled No. 22 Arizona State in six innings, but that wasn’t why Friday’s performance was a historic one for the Knights. Junior right-hander Grace Jewell twirled a no-hitter against the Sun Devils at the Oklahoma State Tournament in Stillwater on Friday in the Knights’ 8-0 victory.


Jewell held Arizona State hitless over six innings, striking out four batters, while also walking four, en route to the 21st n0-hitter in the program’s history. According to the Black and Gold Banneret, Jewell became the first pitcher in program history to throw a no-hitter against a top-25 ranked team and a Pac-12 school at that.

UCF was leading 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Knights would pile on four more runs to run-rule the Sun Devils, with the winning hit coming off the bat of freshman utility Shelli DiPuma, who came up to the plate as a pinch-hitter. DiPuma’s first career hit was an RBI single to put the finishing touches on Jewell’s no-hitter.

Friday’s win over Arizona State marked eight straight for the 2022 American Athletic Conference champions. The Knights have allowed just two runs over their last five games. They’ll face off against No. 2 Oklahoma State on Friday evening before playing both teams again on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The college softball world reacted to Jewell and UCF’s dominant performance:

[Black and Gold Banneret]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.