TAMPA, Fla. – UCF Baseball (28-19, 11-7) left nine runners on base on Sunday afternoon, including two runners 90-feet from home in the final three innings, falling to South Florida (25-22, 6-12), 3-1. Cameron Crain was credited with the loss, allowing one run, on one hit and striking out three batters.
USF opened the scoring in the bottom of the second, scoring on a wild pitch. They added a run in the bottom of the seventh, before UCF finally broke the scoring drought. Ben McCabe hit a solo home run to right field in the top of the eighth, but USF responded with a run of their own in the bottom half to extend their lead to 3-1.
David Litchfield came on in relief in the fourth inning, working a full inning, allowing two hits. Jacob Marlowe did his job against a slew of lefties in the fifth, allowing two hits and striking out one in 0.2 of an inning. Kyle Kramer was able to strand a couple of base runners on the corners in his 2.1 innings of work, allowing one run, on one hit and striking out two.
BOTTOM 2nd | USF 1 – UCF 0 | USF opens the scoring on a wild pitch.
BOTTOM 7th | USF 2 – UCF 0 | South Florida adds a run in the seventh.
TOP 8th | USF 2 – UCF 1 | Ben McCabe hits a solo home run to right field.
BOTTOM 8th | USF 3 – UCF 1 | USF extends their lead in the eighth.
- UCF pitchers struck out six batters.
- Noah Orlando extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Sunday.
- Ben McCabe hit his seventh home run of the year, a solo shot in the eighth to right field.
UCF Baseball will head to Miami, Florida to take on the Hurricanes on Wednesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.