A year ago UCF lost two games on walk-off hits at Ole Miss. Friday night it got its revenge.
In the first game of a three-game series against No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 15 UCF won in the bottom of the ninth on a walk off single from senior outfielder JoMarcos Woods.
"It's a dream come true, it's probably the best hit I've ever had for sure," Woods said.
The Knights got down early in the game, falling to a 4-0 deficit in the sixth inning. However, they were able to get two back in that frame and later tied the score in the bottom of the eighth. Woods was a main player in the eighth-inning rally as well, leading off with a double.
"When we were battling back in the eighth inning I had a really good feeling something good was gonna happen," Woods said. "We lost on two walk-off hits last year, we're at our place, it's our turn to flip the switch and get our big hit this year."
Woods ended the game 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Harrison Hukari got the win on the mound for the Knights. The southpaw pitched a three up three down top of the ninth. He is now 2-0, having allowed only two runs in 8.1 innings.
At 9-0, UCF is also now off to the best start in program history.
"The confidence in these guys, the determination, throughout this entire season," Rooney said. "So far in our young season they've shown it, we've found different ways to win."
UCF hosts Ole Miss for two more games in the series — Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. — before playing a home and home against No. 6 Florida Tuesday and Wednesday.
Colin Bell is a Senior Staff Writer and Baseball Beat Writer for the Central Florida Future.