Lack of offense dooms Knights, drop series to Memphis
Superb performance by Adkins not enough
Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2012 13:05
Brian Adkins did everything he could to lead his team to a victory on Sunday.
The only problem is that his offense never picked up the slack.
UCF (35-10) suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Memphis (20-24) Sunday.
Memphis starting pitcher Chase Joiner tossed a complete-game shutout, sealing what would be the first weekend series defeat of the season for the Knights.
“Their pitcher did an outstanding job and threw a great game against us,” head coach Terry Rooney said. “But give credit also to Brian Adkins, Adkins threw a terrific game.”
UCF starter Brian Adkins pitched a career-high nine innings, allowed one run and struck out two, but received the loss.
The entirety of the game’s scoring came on a single to left field in the sixth.
The Knights had a chance to score a run in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to bring Alex Friedrich in to score from third base.
Joiner limited the Knights to five hits and forced UCF into leaving seven runners on base.
“All great teams have bad weekends, and this was a bad weekend,” Rooney said. ”It’s all [about] how you regroup.”
The Knights are scheduled to return to action Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in DeLand to face Stetson.