April 9, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Despite holding a 12-6 advantage in hits, the UCF baseball team was edged by No. 20 Miami, 6-5, in front of 2,021 fans at the baseball complex on Wednesday night.
The Knights (20-14) erased the Hurricanes' (22-12) five-run lead by scoring three in the sixth and following that up with two in the eighth to tie the game. Miami, however, scored one in the top of the ninth and held off a final chance in the bottom of the frame to seal the victory.
I was very proud of how we battled back, head coach Terry Rooney said after the game. We were down a bunch of runs and made it a heck of a game. However, I'm very disappointed with the way we played early on in the first few innings. Credit Miami, they did a nice job of capitalizing and getting some big hits when they had their opportunities.
Trailing 5-0, the Black and Gold began its rally with a pinch-hit RBI single by junior Sam Tolleson (1-2) in the sixth. Later in the inning with runners on second and third, freshman Kam Gellinger (1-3) made it 5-2 on an RBI groundout. Junior Jordan Savinon completed the scoring for the Knights in the sixth with a clutch, two-out RBI single through the left side.
Savinon (2-4) would again come up big for UCF in the eighth. Trailing 5-4 after Miami uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch, the Clearwater native ripped his second two-out RBI single through the right side to tie the game.
The Knights had one final chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the ninth. A leadoff double by junior Dylan Moore followed by a one-out walk from junior Erik Barber put the game-winning run on first base. However, Miami's freshman closer Bryan Garcia, who blew the save for the Hurricanes in the eighth, buckled down and got a pair of fly ball outs to earn the win.
It was a staff outing for UCF as the team used seven pitchers with none of the group tossing more than two innings on the evening. RHP Ryan Meyer made his second-consecutive midweek start and he struck out three in two innings of work to lower his season ERA to 2.25.
Freshman Trent Thompson (0-4) was tagged with the loss after he allowed one run on a pair of hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
UCF will now hit the road for its second-consecutive American Athletic Conference weekend series away from home at Memphis. First pitch on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.
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