Brown's Streak Hits 18 Games in UCF's Twin-Bill Loss to Southern Miss


March 28, 2009

Box Score - Game One

Box Score - Game Two

Box Score - Game One in PDF Format

Box Score - Game Two in PDF Format

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Junior Shane Brown collected a base hit in both contests Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, however the UCF baseball team (7-20, 0-6 Conference USA) was swept by Southern Miss (16-9, 4-2) in a doubleheader, 26-10 and 19-1. Brown's streak now stands as the fifth-longest in UCF history and is one game shy of tying for the second-best hitting streak by a Knight.

Game One Recap
Freshman Beau Taylor paced all UCF hitters with a 3-for-5 performance at the dish with four RBI, two runs scored and a three-run homer. Also sending one deep, senior Kiko Vazquez entered UCF's top 10 for career home runs, smacking his 21st dinger in the second inning to tie for 10th with Eric Riggs (1996-98) and Gregg Pacitti (1996-97).

Southern Miss used a combined seven infield singles and bloop hits off UCF starter Kyle Sweat in game one to immediately take a 7-0 lead. The Knights went to the pen for sophomore Brennan Dobbins, who inherited runners at the corners, and only surrendered a sac fly to end the inning with USM holding an 8-0 lead.

A grand slam in the second from Corey Stevens stretched the Golden Eagle advantage to double-digits, but UCF finally tagged Southern Miss' Kyle Lindsey for three in its half. Opened with a hard groundball double into the gap by freshman Jake Huxtable, Vazquez clobbered a 2-2 offering deep over the left-field fence for his fifth homer of 2009. Later in the inning, senior Eric Kallstrom and Taylor both doubled to bring it to 12-3.

USM, though, continued to get on the scoreboard, plating one in the third and two in the fifth. The Knights also added a run in the fifth on a two-out RBI single off the bat of freshman D.J. Hicks. Coming right back, the Golden Eagles posted an 11-spot in the sixth. Trailing 26-4, UCF kept clawing. Batting around in the sixth, the first five batters reached, capped off by a three-run jack to right field thanks to Taylor for a five-run inning. The Black and Gold earned the final run by way of a RBI double from junior Kyle Mills in the seventh.

Game Two Recap
With a pair of hits, senior Colin Arnold led the Knights in game two, going 2-for-4 with a run from the leadoff spot.

Similar to the first contest of the day, Southern Miss jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, scoring 10 runs off starter Bryan Brown and reliever Evan Stobbs. UCF also came through in the first when Brown cranked an RBI single to left, scoring Arnold.

The Golden Eagles built their advantage with one in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh to compete their scoring.

UCF is back on the field Tuesday when it travels to DeLand to face off with Stetson on Bright House Sports Network. It then returns home Wednesday to meet North Florida at 6:30 p.m.

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Game One Notes
Southern Miss - 15-9 Overall, 3-2 Conference USA
UCF - 7-19 Overall, 0-5 Conference USA
WP: Kyle Lindsey (3-1), 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
LP: Kyle Sweat (2-3), 0.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
- Junior Shane Brown made his first career start at second base in game one.
- Colin Arnold and Kiko Vazquez both added two hits.
- The game was called after seven innings due to the 15-run rule for game two of a Conference USA series.

Game Two Notes
Southern Miss - 16-9 Overall, 4-2 Conference USA
UCF - 7-20 Overall, 0-6 Conference USA
WP: Todd McInnis (4-1), 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
LP: Bryan Brown (0-4), 0.1 IP, 2 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- With Shane Brown holding an 18-game hitting streak, he trails Clay Timpner (2004), Ryan Bear (2003) and Adam Johnson (1994-95), who all had 19-game streaks, for second place in UCF history. Mike Myers holds the Knights' record for the longest hitting streak at 26 games during the 2001 season.
- Colin Arnold served up a highlight-reel catch in the top of the third. With two down, the right fielder raced after a fly ball trailing towards foul ground off the bat of Corey Stevens. Hitting the warning track, Arnold reached out to grab the third out just before flipping over the fence, landing on the right-field berm.
- The game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule for game three of a Conference USA series.