WICHITA, Kan. – UCF Baseball (24-16, 8-4) scored four runs in the second and fifth innings to down Wichita State (13-27, 2-10), 8-2 on Sunday to complete the sweep. Ruddy Gomez improved to 4-0 on the season, working four innings and allowing one run on three hits. He struck out five batters in relief.
Wichita State opened the scoring in the first, before Cameron Crain wiggled out of the bases loaded jam. UCF responded in the second as Michael Brooks grounded into a double play to score Andrew Sundean. With two outs, Ryan Taylor singled to shortstop to score Noah Orlando and Riley Wash doubled to left to score Taylor. Gephry Pena capped off a four-run inning with a single to right to score Wash and give the Knights a 4-1 lead.
In the fifth, The Knights bats would continue to stay hot as Noah Orlando singled to center field to score Lex Boedicker and Pena. Michael Brooks cleared the bases with two outs, tripling to right field to score Orlando and Trent Taylor.
UCF scored seven of their eight runs with two outs on Sunday and batted .385 with runners in scoring position.
BOTTOM 1st | WSU 1 – UCF 0 | Wichita State scores first to open the scoring.
TOP 2nd | WSU 1 – UCF 4 | Michael Brooks grounded into a double play to score Andrew Sundean. Ryan Taylor singled to shortstop to score Noah Orlando. Riley Wash doubled to left field and advanced to third on an error to score Ryan Taylor. Gephry Pena singles to right center to score Wash.
TOP 5th | WSU 1 – UCF 8 | Orlando singles to center to score Lex Boedicker and Pena. Michael Brooks triples to right field to score Orlando and Trent Taylor.
BOTTOM 5th | WSU 2 – UCF 8 | The Shockers hit a solo home run in the fifth.
- UCF scored seven of the eight runs this afternoon with two outs.
- The Knights improve to 8-4 in conference play, moving back into first place in the American.
- Ruddy Gomez improves to 4-0 on the season, working four innings and allowing one run, while striking out five Shockers.
- Noah Orlando finished the afternoon 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
- Jacob Marlowe worked three innings of two hit baseball, striking out three batters on Sunday.
UCF Baseball will have the next week off, before hosting Tulane for a battle for first place in the league standings. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday from John Euliano Park.