April 11, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UCFKnights.com) - In a matchup dominated by starting pitching, the UCF baseball team plated the game-tying run in the ninth but suffered a walk-off loss in the bottom of the inning as Memphis took Friday's opening game of the series, 2-1.
The Knights (20-15, 8-2 The American) have lost seven-straight to the Tigers (19-16, 4-6) and five in a row overall in Memphis.
Trailing 1-0 and down to his last strike with two outs in the ninth, junior Erik Barber tied things up with a rocket shot to third that was misplayed by the Tigers third baseman for an error. The defensive miscue allowed junior JoMarcos Woods, who led off the inning with a walk, to scamper around from second and tie the game.
Eric Skoglund (5-1) took the hard-luck loss after allowing just three hits and two runs in eight plus innings. The junior walked three and was lifted after issuing a free pass to the lead-off hitter in the bottom of the ninth. Junior Zach Rodgers came in relief and got one out, but gave up the game-ending single to left field.
Woods made a tremendous effort on the game's final play. With the ball tailing away from him, the Orlando native slid to his left and nearly snagged what would have been the second out of the inning. The ball, however, ticked off Woods' glove which allowed the runner to score without a play at the plate.
Both teams had trouble getting on track offensively. Memphis starter Caleb Wallingford matched Skoglund pitch-for-pitch as he allowed just two hits and one walk to go along with a career-high 11 strikeouts.
Game two between UCF and Memphis will take place Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. first pitch. Junior Tanner Olson (3-2, 3.86 ERA) will make his third-consecutive weekend start for the Knights.
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