After a three-hour delay due to a burst pipe, the UCF baseball team's offense exploded Saturday night against Siena, winning 11-2.
The offense was led by freshman Kyle Marsh, who had four hits, including two doubles and a home run. Marsh also had three RBIs on the day. In addition, Marsh had two hits on Opening Knight, giving him six in his first two college games.
"Coming into college I knew the game was gonna be more fast paced, and I was gonna have to jump into it and get used to it quick, so that's what I've been working on," said Marsh.
After not recording a hit in the first inning, the UCF offense got things going in the second. In the inning, Tommy Williams, last season's AAC home run leader, hit his first of 2015. UCF would end up scoring in six of their eight offensive half innings.
"Offensively we've done some things, we still can get better from a situational standpoint, but overall, top to bottom, there's a lot of guys that contributed," said UCF head coach Terry Rooney.
Robby Howell, sophomore, started on the mound for UCF. He went 5.1 innings, allowed two runs and had seven strikeouts.
"I thought Robby did a good job," Rooney said. "I thought overall he threw the ball pretty well. I thought his command of his fastball was pretty good, and he made some big pitches when he needed to."
UCF improved to 2-0 after the win on Saturday. The Knights won on Friday on Opening Knight thanks to a strong performance on the mound. Starter Zach Rodgers went five innings, allowing one run and striking out four.
The biggest storyline on the mound on Friday however, was likely Harrison Hukari. Hukari is a junior who redshirted last season for UCF. In his first outing in over a year, Hukari went 3.1 innings, allowed no runs on two hits and struck out seven.
Spencer Davis recorded the final two outs for UCF. He struck out both batters he faced and recorded the save.
UCF wraps up its opening series against Siena this afternoon. Freshman Cre Finfrock will get the start for the Knights.
Colin Bell is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Email him firstname.lastname@example.org.