Richardson's big hit lifts Knights past ECU, 2-1
RBI double in 8th inning breaks 1-1 tie
Published: Friday, March 23, 2012
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 21:03
Strong pitching and clutch hitting lifted the No. 19 UCF Knights (18-5) past East Carolina (15-6), 2-1, kicking off UCF’s conference schedule with a win.
“We hoped that we have so many one-run games prior to this point, that we wouldn’t panic and we would maintain our composure and our poise,” head coach Terry Rooney said. “Tonight I think we benefitted from those past experiences.”
Junior Ronnie Richardson broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI double to deep left field, allowing Travis Shreve to score on the play after reaching base on an infield single.
Junior Brian Adkins started the game on the mound for UCF. Adkins pitched deep into the game, putting in seven innings of work over which he only allowed one run.
“This is definitely my best start of the season,” Adkins said. “It felt good to get that one off of my back.”
The start produced a historic moment for Adkins in the fifth inning when he struck out his 100th career batter.
Closer Joe Rogers received the win after coming into a tied game in the eighth. Rogers refused to allow a run, despite allowing a runner to reach base in both innings.
The two teams will meet for game-two of the series Saturday at 4 p.m.