Coming off an improbable come from behind victory in the season opener Friday night, the UCF baseball team came into Saturday’s matchup against Siena with a lot of momentum on offense.
The Knights (2-0) wasted no time getting on the board, while playing a near flawless all-around game taking down Siena (0-2) by a score of 15-0.
Junior right handed pitcher Robby Howell got the start for the Knights and threw a gem striking out six Siena batters while walking none, holding the Saints scoreless through five and two-thirds innings.
“When we get two strikes, you really try to put people away, especially when we are pitching in the clutch with runners in scoring position,” Howell said. “We work all week just preparing for the outing, I think I prepared very well. My command was good but we made some great defensive plays and they played solid defense behind me.”
The Knights didn’t waste much time getting on the board. In the bottom of the second, the Knights put up four runs behind RBI’s from Luke Hamblin, Matt Diorio and Logan Heiser.
Siena couldn’t keep UCF off of the bases and as a result, the Saints pitchers combined for five walks and hit five UCF batters.
The game seemed to be put away when the Knights got to the Saints relievers and loaded the bases twice in the sixth inning, cashing in for five runs to make the score 10-0. Juniors Kam Gellinger and Brennan Bozeman both had two-RBI hits in the inning.
“We picked up right where we left off yesterday,” Bozeman said. “Everybody hit everybody had a great game. It took the whole team and in every aspect we did well tonight. There is still areas we can improve on and we look to do so tomorrow.”
Freshman Matthew Mika has had a great start to his Knights career. The walk-off hero from last night came up big again going two for four including a three-run home run.
The Knights ended the game with 17 hits and 18 different players seeing playing time.
“A lot of guys got their first opportunity out there,” head coach Terry Rooney said. “Position players and pitchers, they did a terrific job and did a nice job responding. All of our guys that have come off the bench the last two days have done a nice job.”
The Knights will look for the series sweep tomorrow when they take on Siena at 1 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field.
Matthew Saunders is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @ClassicSmit or email him at MatthewS@CentralFloridaFuture.com