UCF Baseball Blanked By South Florida


March 16, 2010

Final Stats

UCF vs. South Florida
March 16, 2010
From Orlando, Fla.
Team R H E
South Florida 4 10 0
UCF 0 4 2

WP: Teddy Kaufman (2-1), 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 14 K
LP: Brian Adkins (0-3), 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
SV: None

Game-Changing Moment
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, UCF appeared to be getting to South Florida's Teddy Kaufman as the lefty issued a one-out, four-pitch walk to Darnell Sweeney and went 3-1 on Shane Brown. A hit-and-run was called and Brown sent a shot to the outfield, but center fielder Ryan Lockwood was there for the putout and instead of first-and-third with one down, UCF would remain scoreless.

Three Stars
First Star: USF SP Teddy Kaufman, complete-game shutout
Second Star: USF 1B Todd Brazeal, 2-for-4, HR
Third Star: UCF LF Chris Duffy, eight-game hitting streak, 2-for-4 to maintain a .500 average

UCF Notes for Wednesday's Game at Stetson
Game Notes in PDF Format

By Brian Ormiston

Box Score in PDF Format

Orlando, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Freshman lefty Brian Adkins (Orlando, Fla.) delivered a 7.0-inning, six-hit performance on the mound but the UCF baseball team still suffered a 4-0 loss to South Florida Tuesday in Orlando. The defeat dropped the Knights record to 9-8 on the year while the Bulls improved to 5-12.

Adkins struck out five and allowed just three runs in what was the longest outing by a UCF starter this season. It also marked the longest start by a freshman since 2008.

Dating back to last weekend, Shane Brown extended his streak of consecutive times on base to 10-straight plate appearances before being retired in the third inning. Last year, Brown had a streak of 18-straight times reaching base which helped him earn numerous national hitter of the week awards.

The Knights would fall behind in the second 1-0 even though the only ball hit out of the infield against Adkins was a sacrifice fly. USF's advantage doubled to 2-0 on a two-out solo homer from Todd Brazeal in the third.

While the Bulls' offense grabbed the lead, starting pitcher Teddy Kaufman was busy shutting down the Knights' bats. The lefty routinely got ahead of hitters until the sixth where he would walk Darnell Sweeney on four pitches with one down then fall behind on Brown 3-1. UCF decided to send Sweeney on a hit-and-run only Brown would lift a fly ball to center for the second out, and Kaufman picked up the third to keep the home team off the board.

South Florida added another shot in the seventh, this time from Daniel Rockhold, to ultimately seal the win. UCF did attempt to climb into it in the bottom half, placing runners at second and third with two away yet could not capitalize.

The Knights will look ahead to a quick trip to DeLand where they will face Stetson Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before hosting Presbyterian College in a three-game set Friday-Sunday.

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Game Notes
USF - 5-12 Overall
UCF - 9-8 Overall
-UCF will make the return trip to Tampa to face the Bulls April 6.
-Chris Duffy's hitting streak reached eight games after going 2-for-4.