ORLANDO, Fla. – Jacksonville (19-15) baseball scored three runs in the third and never looked back, no-hitting UCF Baseball (21-16) over the final four innings to down the Knights 9-2. Jacob Marlowe was pegged with the loss, working three innings and allowing five runs.
UCF opened the scoring in the bottom of the second, as Ryan Taylor scored on a wild pitch to the backstop. Cole Russo battled through a full count to fist a single out to right field to score Pablo Ruiz from second and increase the lead to 2-0.
Jacksonville responded in the top of the third, scoring three runs to push the score to 3-2. They added two more in the fifth and a four spot in the seventh to extend the lead to 9-2, downing the Knights on Tuesday.
Ben Vespi worked two innings to open the ballgame this evening, allowing no hits and striking out one Dolphin. Julian Balzer pitched two innings to close out the ballgame, allowing one hit and striking out two batters.
BOTTOM 2nd | JU 0 – UCF 2 | Ryan Taylor scores on a wild pitch. Cole Russo singles to right to score Pablo Ruiz from second.
TOP 3rd | JU 3 – UCF 2 | Jacksonville takes the lead in the third.
TOP 5th | JU 5 – UCF 2 | The Dolphins score a pair to add to the lead.
TOP 7th | JU 9 – UCF 2 | Dolphins add four more to increase their lead.
- The four-game losing streak is the longest of the season for UCF, eclipsing the previous high of three games.
- UCF pitchers recorded only five strikeouts on the night.
- Cole Russo drove in a run for the Knights this evening, singling to right in the second inning.
UCF Baseball will head to Wichita, Kansas to take on Wichita State in AAC play. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday evening.