UCF Drops Game Two to Memphis


May 1, 2010

Final Stats

UCF vs. Memphis
May 1, 2010
From Orlando, Fla.
Team R H E
Memphis 10 15 0
UCF 6 11 2

WP: R. Fraser (6-1), 8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
LP: C. Bradford (3-3), 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
SV: None

Game-Changing Moment
With nobody on and two outs in a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning, Memphis found a way to break it open. A walk started it up and the Tigers put together four-straight hits before a balk capped off the four-run inning.

Three Stars
First Star: MEM CF Drew Martinez, 3-for-6, key RBI in the 6th
Second Star: MEM SP Ryan Fraser, WP, 8.0 IP, 130 pitches, 6 K
Third Star: UCF SP Johnny Sedlock, ND, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Notes for Game Three Sunday
UCF Notes in PDF Format

By Brian Ormiston

Box Score in PDF Format

Orlando, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Locked up at 2-2, Memphis scored four runs in the sixth inning on the UCF bullpen and it did not let go of the lead in the Tigers' (21-22, 9-8 Conference USA) 10-6 victory Saturday. The Knights witnessed their record fall to 27-18 on the year and 7-10 in C-USA.

Sophomore Beau Taylor extended his hitting streak to 11 games Saturday, matching the longest of his career. But UCF had trouble solving Memphis starter Ryan Fraser, who tossed 130 pitches in 8.0 innings for the win. Conversely, Johnny Sedlock went 5.0 strong innings, not walking a batter and giving up just two runs.

The Knights were behind 10-3 going into the bottom of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate after scoring three runs. With the bases loaded and two outs, Chris Taladay's ground ball was bobbled by second baseman Adam McClain who tried to recover and throw to first. Taladay made a head-first slide and thinking he was safe, UCF started to celebrate another run. However the Tigers got the call for the third out, thus ending the game.

Sedlock had little trouble getting through the first three innings, as did Fraser. But in the fourth, a bloop single from Trey Wiedman that landed in left center started it up for the Tigers, who went on to score two runs for the lead. Sedlock managed to keep it at 2-0 when he worked around a one-out error in the fifth to leave two men on base.

That gave way to the offense which tried to mount a comeback by opening the home half by way of a walk to Ronnie Richardson and a single out of Taladay. After a fielder's choice with Ryan Breen at the dish put runners at the corners and one out, Fraser got ahead of Jonathan Griffin 1-2 only to see the first baseman send a 2-2 offering through the right side for a RBI single. Still with Knights at first and third, Austin Johnston delivered by driving a fly ball to center for the sacrifice fly, tying it up at 2-2. They eventually had runners at second and third with two down yet could not jump out in front.

Memphis had the quick answer. UCF went to the pen in the sixth and even though Chase Bradford rolled through the first two batters, he issued a two-out walk which turned into three runs. Cory Weech then entered with one on base and the Tigers scored one more on a balk to make it 6-2.

Trailing by four was nothing new for the Knights during the weekend as they were behind by seven in game one Friday. So they hoped to put together a rally in the sixth, getting a single from Taylor and a four-pitch walk to Chris Duffy. Richardson sent them into scoring position on a sacrifice before Taladay hammered a pitch to the warning track in center for a sac fly.

With just one UCF run in the frame, though, the Tigers tacked on three more in the seventh and were on their way to the win.

Both teams now look ahead to the important series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Game Notes
Memphis - 21-22 Overall, 9-8 Conference USA
UCF - 27-18 Overall, 7-10 Conference USA
-Senior Shane Brown produced career double No. 54 Saturday, moving him into a tie for third on the UCF all-time list.
-Freshman Austin Johnston recorded his 10th double of the year, becoming the fifth Knight to have at least 10 two-baggers this season.
-Every Knight started posted at least one hit.