March 2, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
OXFORD, Miss. (UCFKnights.com) - It was a tough afternoon for the UCF baseball team as it fell to No. 24 Ole Miss, 9-2, at Swayze Field in the weekend series finale on Sunday. The Knights (6-5), who were looking for their first road win over a ranked opponent since April 2013, were held scoreless over the first eight innings by the Rebels (11-1) pitching staff.
Ole Miss jumped on the Black and Gold early, putting four on the board in the first inning off freshman starter Robby Howell. The Fort White native was tagged with the loss, his first of the season, after allowing seven runs over 3.1 innings pitched.
Faced with a big deficit, UCF attempted to rally in the ninth inning and scored a pair of runs in the frame on an RBI single by junior Dylan Moore and a sacrifice fly by junior JoMarcos Woods. Moore snapped a 0-for-9 slump at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a walk. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native now has five multi-hit games in 11 starts this season. Woods, playing center field for the first time in 2014, was 1-for-2 with a walk and two sacrifices.
Freshman Drew Faintich made his collegiate debut in the fourth and struck out one in 0.2 innings of work. Junior Tanner Olson went a career-high three innings, allowing just one run to go along with a strikeout. Sophomore Tyler Martin pitched a scoreless eighth, scattering a hit. The Jacksonville native has yet to allow an earned run in 4.2 innings this season.
Overall, Ole Miss used four pitchers to limit the Knights to just seven hits on the afternoon. Rebels' starter Sam Smith (2-0) worked quickly and effectively, allowing just four hits while striking out four Knights in six innings of work.
Freshman Kam Gellinger went 2-for-4, including a perfectly-placed bunt single, in the defeat. The Cape Coral native is the Knights' leading freshman hitter and stands second on the team with a .278 batting average.
The Knights will now turn their attention to a pair of midweek games as they travel to Daytona Beach to take on Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday (6 p.m.) before returning home Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) to battle Michigan at the UCF baseball complex.
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