ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Following a two-run homer in the ninth inning by sophomore catcher Logan Heiser, UCF brought the go-ahead run to the plate after a pair of singles before East Carolina secured a 5-3 win Thursday at the UCF Baseball Complex.
After a one-out double by Crile down the left field line in the ninth inning, Heiser connected on his fourth round tripper of the year, which landed over the fence in left field and cut the deficit to 5-3. Putnam put UCF on the board in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly.
Junior Robby Howell was handed a no-decision, but yielded just two earned runs over six innings. The Fort White, Fla., native notched six strikeouts. A 2 1/3 inning performance with one strikeout was registered by senior Harrison Hukari.
East Carolina was led by Dwanya Williams-Sutton with three hits. Run-scoring base hits were registered by Turner Brown and Travis Watkins, while Luke Bolka blasted a solo homer. Starter Evan Kruczynski (6-1) logged 8 1/3 innings and stuck out three, while Joe Ingle notched his 12th save of the season.
- The Knights continue their three-game set with East Carolina on Friday at 11 a.m. Senior day is on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Harrison Hukari and Sam Tolleson being recognized prior to the game.
- A Graduation Bobblehead offer is available for May home games and features four general admission tickets and one bobblehead for $50. The package can be purchased by clicking here or calling the UCF Ticket Office at (407) 823-1000.
- The American Championship begins on Tuesday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The double-elimination tournament runs through May 22.