March 4, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF baseball team was unable to earn its 74th victory in the all-time series with Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday night from Jackie Robinson Ballpark as the Wildcats won, 5-2. The Knights (6-6) will look to bounce back Wednesday when they return home to take on Michigan at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday night's matchup with the Wolverines will serve as the first "Dollar Dog Knight" of 2014. Fans in attendance can enjoy $1 hot dogs all game long. To purchase individual game tickets for Wednesday's contest click here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/22004C2DE764926D?brand=ucf.
Junior James Vasquez provided all of the offense for the Knights as he smacked his first home run of the season, a solo blast, in the fourth inning. The Palm City native also came through with an RBI single in the top of the first to give UCF an early advantage. Vasquez has hit safely in 10-of-12 games in 2014 and now holds a .295 batting average for the season.
RHP Zach Rodgers (1-1) picked up the loss, his first as a Knight, after allowing eight hits and five runs over four innings of work. However, three of the five runs charged to the junior were unearned as two UCF errors and a passed ball contributed to the Wildcats' (7-4) success early in the game.
The bullpen was a bright spot for the Black and Gold as three relievers combined to keep Bethune off the scoreboard over the final four innings. Freshman Vinnie Rosace allowed just one hit over 1.1 frames. Junior Joe Marotta entered a bases-loaded, one-out situation and struck out both batters he faced to escape a tough jam. Redshirt freshman Jarrod Petree was especially effective, striking out the first three batters of his UCF career over two innings.
The Knights had their hands full with Wildcats starter Montana Durapau. Durapau, who pitched a complete-game shutout against the Knights in 2013, allowed six hits and one earned run over seven innings of work to go along with six strikeouts en route to his second-consecutive victory over UCF.
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