Adkins Gets Plenty of Run Support in 18-0 Win Over Boston College


March 9, 2011

Final Stats

UCF vs. Boston College
March 9, 2011
From Orlando, Fla.
Team R H E
Boston College 0 4 2
UCF 18 18 0

WP: Adkins (3-0), 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
LP: Green (0-1), 0.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
SV: None

Game-Changing Moment
The first inning. After Brian Adkins used just six pitches to retire the side in the top of the first, Travis Shreve opened the home half with a double as the first five Knights reached base in a six-run stanza.

Three Stars
First Star: UCF SP Brian Adkins, WP, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K
Second Star: UCF 1B Jonathan Griffin, 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 3 R, HR
Third Star: UCF C Beau Taylor, 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 R, 3B, managed the game perfectly behind the plate

By Brian Ormiston

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Orlando, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The only thing that slowed down Brian Adkins Wednesday was the weather as UCF hammered Boston College, 18-0. The sophomore lefty out of Orlando's University High School delivered 7.0 innings of two-hit ball for the Knights (10-3), not allowing a run or a walk and striking out five, and had plenty left to try for the complete-game shutout until the weather delay forced him to sit the last two innings in the dugout.

"The biggest thing for me is jumping ahead in counts and letting my defense play. And that's what I did," said Adkins, who improved to 3-0 on the season. "I had all three pitches going and the defense made a lot of great plays behind me. That's always a recipe for success. I can't lie and say I wasn't mad (about the weather), but the most important thing was we kept the shutout and got the win."

Adkins retired the first seven Eagles (6-5) he faced and did not go to a three-ball count on a batter until the fourth inning. His 7.0 innings of work and five strikeouts both matched a career-high. Adkins has now won all three starts he has made this year.

"Brian Adkins did another tremendous job and set the tone tonight," said head coach Terry Rooney. "The thing that I'm pleased about with our pitching is that once we got back from Alabama, I told our guys that the starters have to go deeper into games. Well our starters are doing that now. That takes a burden off of our bullpen."

Capping off the final two innings after the delay, Alex Besaw and Brennan Dobbins each tossed a scoreless frame to complete the four-hit shutout of the Eagles.

Leading an 18-hit attack, Jonathan Griffin went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and three runs, while Erik Hempe and Derek Luciano also crushed home runs during the evening. Meanwhile, Beau Taylor drove in three as the Knights left only four runners on the bases.

Adkins wasted little time setting the stage for a big first inning for the Knights as he needed just six pitches to retire the side in the top of the first. Conversely, freshman southpaw Steve Green was making his first start for the Eagles and witnessed Travis Shreve double, Ronnie Richardson get aboard on a bunt single and Darnell Sweeney draw a four-pitch walk to open up the bottom half.

Loading the bases with no outs in the first inning, UCF made sure the scoreboard would light up. Following a wild pitch, Taylor, Griffin and D.J. Hicks all rapped out RBI singles to make it 4-0. Boston College was forced to go to the pen in the first and Dave Laufer entered with one out and the bases still jammed. The righty then surrendered a RBI fielder's choice to Luciano and threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt to first, permitting Griffin to touch home for the 6-0 lead.

With a big advantage, Adkins did not let up, throwing only seven pitches in the second inning to sit down three more Eagles. When the Knights returned to the dish in the home half, they built on their lead. Getting it started with a one-out double by Sweeney, Taylor lined a RBI triple down the right-field line. With a runner at third, Griffin demolished the first pitch he saw, sending a two-run shot over the wall in left to make it 9-0.

In only the third inning, UCF would put it out of reach by way of RBI out of Richardson and Taylor to increase the advantage to 11-0. With Adkins cruising past the Boston College lineup, weather forced him to shut down. Following the 1:05 delay at the start of the bottom of the seventh, Hempe greeted reliever Matt Alvarez with a solo homer to left-center.

One inning later, the scoring concluded when Michael Holmes doubled with one out to get the first Knight aboard in the eighth, and Kevin Vasquez sent a hard single to center to plate the shortstop. Eventually with the bases loaded, Hicks added a sac fly, Hempe came through with a RBI single and Luciano destroyed a two-out, three-run homer over the right-field deck.

After a practice day Thursday, UCF is back on the field for a three-game home series against Wagner beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Game Notes
Boston College - 6-5 Overall
UCF - 10-3 Overall
-Chris Taladay came to UCF as a catcher, then was the Knights' starting third baseman as a freshman last year. This season, he is starting in left field and proved he can adjust after making a diving catch in the bottom of the second on a fly ball off the bat of Kyle Prohovich.
-UCF has scored at least 10 runs in a game six times this year.
-Stretching his hitting streak to 11 games, D.J. Hicks was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
-Freshman walk-on catcher Ethan Smith entered in the eighth inning and notched a base hit and scored a run in his first-career at-bat.
-The Knights did not commit and error for the eighth time in 13 games.
-UCF scored six more runs in the eighth inning Wednesday, and have outscored opponents 33-5 in that frame this year.
-The 18 runs were the most by UCF since a 24-4 win over Hartford March 14, 2010.
-Taking out the 1:05 weather delay, official game time was just 2:20. Three of the last four games have been 2:20 or less.