No. 12 UCF Drops Midweek Decision to No. 5 Miami

ORLANDO, Fla. – A top-15 matchup at John Euliano Park is what it took to snap the No. 12 Knights six-game win streak, as they fall to No. 5 Miami in a 3-2 loss on Wednesday night.

The Hurricanes struck first in the top of the first frame as Alex Toral followed a two-out walk with an RBI double. Starting pitcher Jaylyn Whitehead would settle in and go 2.2 innings total innings and allowed just the one run.

Miami pounced on Jack Sinclair when he entered the game. The Hurricanes took a walk, then Raymond Gil belted a two-run home run to give the hurricanes a 3-run lead.

Noah Orlando doubled to start the Knights seventh inning and was later brought around to score after back to back groundouts to put UCF on the board for the first time in the contest.

The Black and Gold closed the deficit further in the bottom of the eighth when Nick Romano drove in Trent Taylor, who was pinch running for Ben McCabe. UCF was unable to cut the gap any further, as Miami retired three straight batters in the bottom of the ninth.

No. 12 UCF (15-3) – 2, No. 5 Miami (12-4) – 3

Winning Pitcher:
Alex McFarlane (2-2)
Losing Pitcher: Jaylyn Whitehead (1-1)
Top Pitchers:  Jaylyn Whitehead (2.2 IP, 2 K, 1 ER), Hunter Patteson (2.1 IP, 1K, 0 ER), David Litchfield (2.0 IP, 0 ER)
Top Hitters: Dalton Wingo (2-4), Nick Romano (1-3, RBI), Gephry Pena (1-5, RBI)

Key Stats

  • Miami now leads the all-time series 11-30 against UCF.
  • Nick Gottilla hasn't allowed a run in six appearances in 2020 and David Litchfield has gone six straight appearances without allowing a run.
  • Noah Orlando's seventh inning double was his first in his career at UCF.
  • The Knights haven't won a game at home against Miami since 1975.

The UCF baseball team is in its fourth season under head coach Greg Lovelady and will welcome seven teams from the 2019 NCAA Tournament to John Euliano Park in 2020. Click here or call (407) 823-1000 for ticket information.

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