March 5, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF baseball team's ninth-inning rally came up just short as it was defeated by Michigan, 3-2, on Wednesday night at the baseball complex. The Knights scored a run and later brought the winning run to the plate in the final frame, but were unable to complete the comeback.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the ninth, the Knights (6-7) put runners on first and second with just one out after a single by junior Sam Tolleson and a Wolverines' (4-8-1) error. Senior Bret Gordon then stepped in and used his hustle to avoid what would have been a game-ending 6-4-3 double play. When the Michigan throw sailed wide of first and allowed Gordon to be safe, junior Erik Barber raced around third and scored to bring the Black and Gold within a run. However, a strikeout ended the rally and sealed the win for the Wolverines.
UCF will look to regroup this weekend as it hosts Central Michigan in three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. Due to events at CFE Arena on both Friday night and Sunday afternoon, Garage F parking will be a cash lot. Refer to the UCF Baseball Parking Map for the latest parking information.
RHP Tanner Olson (1-1) picked up the tough-luck loss, but still shined in his first-career UCF start. The junior allowed just two hits and one unearned run over a career-high 4.2 innings pitched. The Ferndale, Wash., native struck out one and lowered his season ERA to 3.18 with the strong effort.
Olson was backed by junior LHP Parker Thomas and freshman RHP Trent Thompson. Thomas struck out a pair in 1.2 innings of work while Thompson also sat down two over 2.2 frames. The Knights' pitching staff held the Wolverines to just six hits, but three errors contributed to two unearned runs which proved to be the difference for the second-consecutive night.
The Knights' offense was blanked over the first six innings before finally breaking through in the bottom of the seventh on a Gordon's RBI single. The base hit scored junior James Vasquez who continued his hot streak at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a walk. The Palm City native raised his batting average to .319 in his 100th-career UCF start.
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