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Photo by: Sarah Wilson - UCF's Austin Johnson had a hit and a run in the Knights' 5-1 crushing of Columbia March 18.
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 9 years ago

Knights take Marshall on the diamond

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Now facing Houston
by: Isaac Babcock Managing Editor

The Knights dropped their first game against the second worst baseball team in Conference USA, but they spent the next two games destroying the Marshall Thundering Herd last weekend.

The win helped bolster the Knights with their third conference series win of the season, but it wasn’t looking good at the start. The Knights watched in horror as the Thundering Herd (14-24, 4-8) turned a Knights comeback into a 10th inning disaster to take the first game of a three-game series.

In one inning they got it all back in their second game with a three-run rally that put them on top for good to take the win, 3-1. Erik Hempe’s two-run blast, followed by a Jeramy Matos double made it possible from the plate. Meanwhile Ben Lively struck out nine in 7.2 innings to take the win.

Game three was like dessert for the Knights, who sailed to an easy 11-0 blowout thanks to a three RBI performance by James Vasquez. Brian Adkins, who had struggled all season in close games, finally got a win to bring his record to 2-6 as he struck out four in a complete game shutout.

This weekend the Knights (22-19, 8-7) enter one of their toughest series of the season hosting Houston (27-14, 7-5) in a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. They’ll finish it off with weekend games at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. They’ll face Bethune-Cookman in a non-conference matchup at 6:30 p.m. May 1 before hitting the road for three at Florida State.

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