Orlando, Fla. – The UCF baseball team completed their first sweep of the season and got back to .500 with their 2-1 win of Houston on Saturday afternoon.
Both starting pitchers looked extremely sharp. UCF starter Kenny Serwa got some help from his defense in the second inning when Gephry Pena made an amazing diving grab that saved a run.
In the fourth inning, Houston would tack on the first run of the game on fielder's choice.
That would be the only run Serwa would allow as he went seven innings of one run ball, striking out six and allowing five hits.
UCF's offense finally broke through in the fifth inning. After back to back singles from Alex Freeland and Pablo Ruiz, Nick Romano scored Freeland with an RBI double. Noah Orlando then plated Ruiz on a ground out to put the Knights up 2-1.
That would be all the Knights needed as the combination of Serwa, Ben Vespi, and David Litchfield would silence the Houston bats to hold on for their first sweep of the season.
Winning Pitcher: Kenny Serwa, (W, 3-4)
Losing Pitcher: Matt Lazzaro (L, 0-1)
Top Pitcher: Kenny Serwa (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 6 K)
Top Hitter: Nick Romano (1-3, 1 RBI, 1 2B)
- Through the four games, UCF pitching has only allowed three runs. The best stretch of the season.
- UCF's record against Houston is now 28-30
- This is UCF's fifth consecutive season at .500 or better
- Four wins ties a season high
- The Knights left seven runners on base
The Knights will head to the AAC Tournament in Clearwater as the five seed. They will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Tuesday at 9am BayCare Park.
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