UCF Softball assistant coach Ruben Felix is having an action-packed summer coming off a 39-win campaign and NCAA tournament appearance with the Knights. Felix was tabbed to lead the USA Baseball Women's National Team as they competed for the IBA World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta.
"I am really excited about this team we put together," commented Felix. "This is a gold-medal winning team and there is no reason we can't bring home the gold."
After three rounds of intense tryouts in San Francisco, Calif., New Lenox, Ill. and Cary, N.C., Felix and his staff finalized a 20-woman roster earlier this month. Appearing on the roster is one very familiar name to UCF Softball fans, former shortstop and all-time steals leader, Natalie Land.
Three other names that Knights supporters might recognize are three athletes from Conference USA rival Tulsa; Jill Barrett, Samantha Cobb and Caitlin Everett.
You can check out more behind-the-scenes looks from Team USA on our official Facebook team page: Don't forget to "like" us if you haven't already.
Team USA is currently 4-1 in pool play with victories over The Netherlands, Australia, Japan and Cuba. The U.S. will take on Chinese Taipei on Thursday and Venezuela on Friday with the medal rounds commencing on Saturday.
"We've gotten better every day," remarked Felix. "We feel like our pitchers are throwing a lot more strikes and are in the zone more. The hitters are staying back and really driving some balls. Defensively, we've made some good plays in the outfield and diving plays on the infield. Overall execution on the bases, we are a lot better. It has been a great positive week."
Check back to our KnightLines blog later this week as we recap the medal rounds and hope that Coach Felix and Natalie bring home the gold!