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Baseball: Knights take Sunday matchup over Jacksonville

Baseball beat writer

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013

Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2013 23:03

Jacksonville University learned the hard way that it's unwise to intentionally walk a batter to get to Chris Taladay, no matter what the situation is.

With two outs in the top half of the ninth inning, Jacksonville decided to have pitcher Drew Woods intentionally walk Erik Hempe with a runner already on second base. JU removed Woods for Corbin Madden to play the lefty-lefty matchup.

Two pitches later, Taladay hit a game-winning two-run double to propel UCF to a 6-4 victory Sunday afternoon at John Sessions Stadium.

Taladay ended the game going 2-for-5 with a total of three RBIs. Hempe went 2-for-3, and his one out was still productive, as it moved James Vasquez from second to third base. Vasquez scored on the next at-bat, a Chris Taladay single.

RHP Zac Favre earned his first career win Sunday, pitching the final three innings of the game. Favre entered the game with a 4-4 score, and held JU hitless in his few innings of relief work.

He picked up the slack for starting pitcher Chris Matulis, who, despite throwing six effective innings, was still tagged for four runs. Matulis walked four batters, which ultimately led to those runs.

Matulis had previously made all of his appearances this season out of the bullpen. He made 10 starts last year, but has primarily been used as a long reliever in 2013.

These two teams split a pair of games earlier this weekend, but they were were played in Orlando. The Knights will travel to Jacksonville for one more game later this month to complete the two-and-two series.

UCF will welcome Florida A&M to Jay Bergman Field for a pair of midweek games starting Tuesday.

Head coach Terry Rooney says either Eric Skoglund or Brian Adkins will start Tuesday night. The two pitchers have combined to go 0-5 this season in midweek starts. 

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