Rally Falls Short
March 03, 2016
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March 4, 2016

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HOUSTON, Texas ( - A two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning by UCF junior second baseman Ryan Crile cut the deficit at Rice to 4-3, but the Knights were unable to push across the tying run on Friday at Reckling Park.

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The Knights' ninth-inning rally was setup on a walk drawn by junior center fielder Luke Hamblin and single off up the middle off the bat of junior first baseman Austin Griffin.

Sophomore right-hander Cre Finfrock pitched all eight innings and notched seven strikeouts. The Jensen Beach, Fla., native registered the second complete game of his career.

UCF (6-5) scored first with an RBI single by junior shortstop Brennan Bozeman in the third inning.

The Owls (5-5) responded by taking advantage of two infield singles and totaled four base knocks in a three-run third inning to take the lead. Rice tacked on the eventual game-winning run in the fifth frame on a sac fly.

Jon Duplantier (1-1) from Rice set a personal best with 14 strikeouts and allowed one hit through eight-plus innings. Glenn Otto recorded his second save of the year and notched two strikeouts.

The former Conference USA foes are set to battle on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET and conclude the series with a 2 p.m. ET Sunday matinee.

UCF is back home on Mar. 11-13 against LIU Brooklyn. The series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. at the UCF Baseball Complex.

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