UCF Unable to Gain Ground in C-USA Standings in Loss to ECU


May 14, 2010

Final Stats

UCF vs. East Carolina
May 14, 2010
From Orlando, Fla.
Team R H E
ECU 11 14 3
UCF 6 12 1

WP: Woods (8-3), 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
LP: Sedlock (2-4), 3.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
SV: None

Game-Changing Moment
Even though it was just the first inning, UCF had the bases loaded and only one out in a chance to capture early momentum. But ECU's Zach Woods kept the Knights off the board, shifting that momentum over to the visitors who scored nine runs in the next four innings.

Three Stars
First Star: ECU C Jared Avchen, 3-for-4, 5 RBI, HR
Second Star: ECU SP Zach Woods, WP, 6.1 IP, 8 K, escaped big 1st inning jam
Third Star: UCF 3B Chris Taladay, 3-for-5, R, 3 RBI, 2B

Notes for Game Two Saturday
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By Brian Ormiston

Box Score in PDF Format

Orlando, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF could not capitalize on early scoring chances while East Carolina took advantage of its opportunities in the Knights' 11-6 loss Friday in Orlando. The Black and Gold entered the evening just one game back of the fifth-place Pirates (29-21, 9-10) in the Conference USA standings, but ultimately fell to 30-20 on the season and 7-12 in league play.

Beau Taylor's hitting streak rolled along as it increased to 16 games, and the Knights continued to get production out of Chris Taladay and Chris Duffy. A C-USA Freshman of the Year candidate, Taladay drove in three runs on three hits to boost his batting average to .369. And a C-USA Player of the Year candidate, Duffy appeared on base all five times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a HBP, two runs and a RBI. Duffy also took over sole possession of ninth on the all-time hits chart with 226, while he entered the single-season RBI chart by recording his 66th of 2010.

Along with Taylor's streak, Duffy and Shane Brown each moved their hitting streaks to nine games. Brown finished his night 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

The Knights had something cooking immediately in the first inning, loading the bases with one down. But righty Zach Woods got Ronnie Richardson to ground into a fielder's choice with Brown out at home, and Taladay flew out to left.

With UCF wasting a golden opportunity, ECU's Jared Avchen opened the top of the second with a solo homer to left in an inning in which the Pirates plated two runs. The Knights had another opportunity in their half of the second but stranded a runner at second with one out. That set up another multi-run inning from ECU as it scored three times in the third for a 5-0 lead.

After UCF did not score with a runner at third in the third, the Pirated tallied another three runs in the fourth and they were on their way to the victory.

UCF will now get set for Senior Day when it honors its five seniors before game two Saturday at 4 p.m. The series finale will then take place Sunday at 11 a.m.

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Game Notes
East Carolina - 29-21 Overall, 9-10 Conference USA
UCF - 30-20 Overall, 7-12 Conference USA
-Right fielder Shane Brown posted his fourth outfield assist of the year when he threw out Chris Gosek at third in the second inning.
-Brown also was plunked for the 20th time this year, which is one shy of tying the single-season record. He already owns the career record at UCF with 53 HBP.
-Speaking of hit by pitches, Chris Duffy was hit for the 21st time of his career, pushing him into a tie for eighth in UCF history.
-UCF had at least 10 hits in a game for the 35th this year.