Despite a strong outing from Knights’ starter Juan Pimentel, the offense could not get things clicking as they fell 4-1 to the Green Wave on Saturday.
The Knights (20-21, 5-6 AAC) took a one run lead into the eighth inning before they surrendered the lead to Tulane (25-13, 6-4 AAC).
“They had some pretty big at-bats and I think that was the difference in the game,” head coach Terry Rooney said. “I thought Juan did a terrific job battling out there like crazy and to Tulane’s credit they played a couple pitches better than us.”
UCF had a few innings where they threatened but were unable to get a clutch hit to drive in any runs.
The lone run was scored in the fifth when junior center fielder Luke Hamblin laid down a bunt to score junior Brennan Bozeman from third base.
In the eighth Tulane was able to string some hits together and got on the board when catcher Anthony George lost the ball tagging a runner at a play at the plate. The go-ahead run was scored on a slow roller to first in the next at-bat.
“Hitting is not easy it kind of goes up and down,” Rooney said. “We are going to get it going I have got a lot of confidence in that.”
A two-run home run in the top of the ninth put the game out of reach for the Knights who threatened in their last at-bat but were unable to score.
The final game of the series will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field.
Matthew Saunders is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @ClassicSmit and email him at MatthewS@CentralFloridaFuture.com