It took the Knights eight innings to get on the board Friday night at Jay Bergman Field. Behind stellar pitching and some late game offense though, UCF was able to shutout Brown and get the win 2-0.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cre Finfrock started the game for the Knights (11-7) and pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, striking out eight Brown (1-7) batters. Junior right-handed pitcher Trent Thompson came in as relief and was able to match Finfrock, pitching two scoreless innings to seal the deal for UCF.
“Cre did a phenomenal job tonight,” Thompson said. “It definitely makes it easier when your starting pitcher throws seven innings without giving up a run. I wish that we could have put one on the board to get him the win.”
Left fielder Eli Putnam was able to send a single by the third baseman, scoring the eventual winning run to get the Knights on the board. Not long after, designated hitter redshirt senior Sam Tolleson was able get an RBI single to give the Knights an insurance run going into the ninth inning.
“Knowing that they are struggling to get a run across the board, we are playing great defense and our pitchers are throwing strikes, they’re working very well,” Putnam said, “It gives us a lot of confidence in the box knowing that we have got something to work with on the other end.”
UCF had its chances to score before the eighth but only managed to get one runner to third before their run scoring inning. They left nine runners on base for the game and had two runners thrown out at the plate.
With a couple key offensive injuries to Matthew Mika and Matt Diorio, the Knights have had to look elsewhere for their offensive production.
Next up, UCF will face Bradley tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. before closing out the home stand against Brown on Sunday.
Matthew Saunders is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @ClassicSmit or email him at MatthewS@CentralFloridaFuture.com