Haynes' Four Hits Guide Black to Game One Victory Over Gold

Oct. 20, 2010

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - In game one of the Black and Gold World Series, freshman infielder Spencer Haynes went 4-for-4 to help Black take down Gold, 8-6, Wednesday afternoon. Black recorded 15 hits in the six-inning contest as all eight position players finished with at least one base hit.

Gold did open up with a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a RBI groundout from Michael Holmes, however Black started to break out in its half of the second on a two-out, two-run single by Travis Shreve. Another run in the third made it 3-1 and Black would score in every inning to take an 8-1 advantage into the sixth and final frame.

Trailing by seven, Gold tried to mount a comeback by putting the first five men aboard en route to scoring five runs, yet freshman righty Ben Lively was able to record the final three outs to seal Black's victory.

Along with Haynes' perfect day at the plate, Beau Taylor cranked out a pair of doubles, while D.J. Hicks, Ronnie Richardson and Darnell Sweeney also delivered two hits apiece. On the mound for Black, Bryan Brown earned the win with 3.0 innings of work, allowing just one run and striking out three.

Ryan Breen paced the Gold squad with a 3-for-4 day including a three-run double, and Chris Taladay and Jonathan Griffin finished with two hits each.

After the game, senior pitcher Brennan Dobbins discussed how impressed he has been with the way fall camp has progressed as well as the talent level of the new pitchers on the staff.

"The fall really gives us a chance to see what we've got as a team. The goal of the fall is to make sure we come together as a team and learn the way that coach Rooney wants us to play the game," said Dobbins. "A lot of the (pitchers) that came in have untold potential in terms of what they could be capable of. I think the biggest adjustment when I got into college baseball was the speed of the game. But we've got some junior college guys who are already at that level and can contribute a lot right away. For every single one of the (newcomers) I think the sky's the limit."

Game two of the series is set for Thursday at 3:30 p.m., while the finale is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. Admission to each game is free.

Game Notes:
UCF Gold - 6 R, 10 H, 2 E
UCF Black - 8 R, 15 H, 0 E
-Gold Pitchers: Brennan Dobbins (3.0 IP), Trevor Berry (1.0 IP), Andy Slowik (potential walk-on, 1.0 IP, 1 K)
-Black Pitchers: Bryan Brown (3.0 IP, 3 K), Mark Peterson (2.0 IP, 2 K), Jack Sterritt (0.0 IP), Ben Lively (1.0 IP, 1 K)