April 18, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF baseball team was denied its third weekend sweep in American Athletic Conference play as No. 9 Louisville took a 3-2 victory in Friday's series finale at the UCF Baseball Complex.
The Knights (25-16, 12-3 The American) loaded the bases in the ninth inning off Cardinals' (28-11, 8-4) star closer Nick Burdi, but were unable to plate the tying run with two outs.
The message to the guys after the game was that although they are disappointed with tonight, they should be very proud of the way they played this weekend, head coach Terry Rooney said after the game. Every weekend you try and win the series and they won the series against a top-10 Louisville team. They battled all the way to the very last pitch.
With two down and the bases empty in the final frame, juniors Jordan Savinon (2-for-4) and JoMarcos Woods (2-for-3) came up with back-to-back singles into right field to put two men on. Junior Dylan Moore stepped in next and reached on a Louisville throwing error to load the bases and move the tying run 90 feet from home. Burdi, however, buckled down and picked up a game-ending strikeout to avoid the sweep.
Sophomore Ryan Meyer (3-1) got his second-consecutive series finale start in conference play and was tagged with the loss after allowing one earned run (three total) in 4.2 innings of work to go along with four strikeouts. An early UCF error proved to be costly as the Cardinals plated a pair of unearned runs off the Oviedo native in the top of the first inning.
The Black and Gold responded back in the home half of the first, cutting the deficit in half off a sacrifice fly by junior Erik Barber. The Lakeland native moved back into a tie with junior Tommy Williams (2-for-4) for the team lead in RBIs with 34.
After Louisville went up 3-1 in the fifth, the Knights again fought back. With runners on second and third and one out in the sixth, Rooney tabbed junior Sam Tolleson to pinch hit and he lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to cut the Cardinals lead down to 3-2.
Freshman Trent Thompson shined in relief for the second-straight game. The Tampa native tossed three scoreless innings allowing just a pair of hits. Thompson lowered his season ERA to 2.73 in his team-leading 22nd appearance.
Junior Zach Rodgers worked a perfect ninth to lower his ERA to a team-best 1.55.
UCF will not see any midweek action next week due to final exams. The team returns to the field next Friday when they host their final home weekend series in The American against Rutgers.
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