Final Score: UCF 10, VCU 9
Location: Orlando, Fla. (John Euliano Park)
Records: VCU 13-4, UCF 13-5
The Short Story: UCF outlasts VCU 10-9 to hand Rams first lost since February. The Rams rallied in the ninth but came up just short in the loss.
- Paul Witt led the way for the Rams offensively, posting three hits in five at-bats, to go along with a team-leading three runs scored, two RBIs, and his first homerun of the season
- Brett Norwood added two hits in four at-bats, two runs scored, one RBI, and his second homer on the year
- Logan Amiss and Liam Hibbits combined to post six hits in nine at-bats, three runs scored, and three RBIs vs UCF
- VCU has scored at least six runs in six consecutive games, including eight of their last nine overall
- The Rams totaled 14 hits on Friday
HOW IT HAPPENED
- UCF recorded the first few runs of the game on scores by Osik, Mika, and Beaver. Robertson and Beaver earned RBIs on the plays as the Knights took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
- VCU fought back in the top of the second after Logan Amiss's RBI single up the middle drove Paul Witt and Liam Hibbits home. The play trimmed UCF's lead to 3-2 heading into the bottom half of the inning.
- The Knights extended their lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the second on scores by Alejo and Osik respectively.
- VCU's defense held strong in the third and fourth innings, not allowing UCF to score.
- UCF was able to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth on a solo homerun by A. George, and a 2-run homerun by T. Osik. The plays pushed their lead to 8-2 heading into sixth inning.
- A big sixth inning saw VCU trim UCF's lead after Witt, Hibbits, Amiss and Simon scored on RBIs by Amiss, Simon, Willett and Sanchez respectively. The plays brought the Rams within two runs of the Knights with the score sitting at 8-6.
- The Knights pushed their lead to 9-6 in the bottom half of the sixth, after G. Pena scored on an RBI by R. Alejo.
- Brett Norwood's second homerun of the season cut UCF's lead to 9-7 in the top of the seventh.
- R. Alejo's solo homerun in the bottom of the eighth pushed the Knights lead to 10-9.
- VCU rallied in the ninth on Paul Witt's two run shot to left that allowed him and Norwood to both score. The Rams cut UCF's lead to 10-9 on the play but came up just short in the end.
VCU will be back in action tomorrow, March 16, for the second game in their weekend series with UCF. That matchup is slated for 6:00 p.m., at John Euliano Park in Orlando, Fla.