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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Apr. 29, 2010 11 years ago

Tars avenge losses

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by: Isaac Babcock Managing Editor

The Knights were swept for the first time by a conference foe this season, and now they're returning home to shake off the sting. Marshall won all three games they played in Charleston, W.Va.

The Knights (26-17, 16-9) led the final game of the series 3-1 leading into the final three innings of the game. That score was helped by Chris Duffy's 16th and Jonathan Griffin's 7th home runs of the year.

Starter Nick Cicio was working on a three-hitter before everything fell apart in the seventh, as Marshall unleashed a torrent of hits, and walks and wild pitches helped the Thundering Herd pile on the runs. By the time the Knights had shut down the Marshall scoring machine, the damage was already done and they were behind 4-3.

The next six UCF batters would be shut down in order as the Herd's closers easily handled the final two innings.

The Knights return home to host Memphis for a three-game series, starting with a 6:30 p.m. showdown on Friday.

Rollins

The Tars avenged two big losses to Barry by turning around to pick up two wins to finish a four-game series against the Buccaneers.

And those final two games were lopsided slugfests for the Tars, led by Taylor Ferguson and Kevin Mager. Ferguson went 4-for-5 in the first of a doubleheader on Saturday, knocking in four RBIs and finishing it off with a three-run blast in the eighth. Mager nailed two doubles and a round-tripper en route to four RBIs in the first game, which ended 18-12 in the Tars' favor.

Tim Griffin pulled off a complete game in the second, allowing only one run as Mager blasted another homer over the wall en route to a 5-1 win.

Now the Tars (31-17, 11-9) are on their way to the final week of the regular season, with all games played at home. At 6 p.m. on Friday they face Palm Beach Atlantic.

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