UCF baseball wins close game against Bradley

Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications

While students were soaking up the sun this spring break, UCF baseball was hard at work preparing for their game against Bradley University. The game that took place on Tuesday night at the UCF Baseball complex ended in messy fashion, resulting in a 12-9 Knights victory that could have gone either way.

Senior outfielder Luke Hamblin continued to help the Knights (15-3) by hitting a single to left, stealing second and third and then making it home on a balk to score the Knights’ first run. The Braves then answered back with three runs in the third to take the lead, 3-1.

While the game was close in the beginning and tied going into bottom of the fourth at 4-4, UCF exhibited a strong offensive presence to take a substantial lead over Bradley (4-9).

With two outs for the Knights already on the board in the fourth, Bradley struggled with its pitchers. They switched pitchers twice after there were already two outs on the board. The Braves couldn’t end the inning, and five walks and six runs later, the Knights had taken back the lead, 8-4.

The Knights continued to push offensively with four runs in the fifth including a solo home run by junior outfielder Bryce Peterson and a triple by redshirt sophomore infielder Kyle Marsh for two RBIs.

UCF created a lead, but Bradley came swinging in the seventh to make it a closer game. In the seventh, four pinch hitters came up with five runs for the Braves to trail 12-9.

UCF utilized six pitchers tonight including right handed pitchers, starter Chris Williams, Thaddeus Ward, Jordan Scheftz, and Campbell Scholl. Left handed pitchers Joseph Sheridan and Bryce Tucker also made appearances. Ward and Tucker both allowed zero hits and runs when they were on the mound and the others collectively allowed 11 hits, nine runs, and six errors. Williams had four strikeouts followed by Tucker’s three.

Both teams remained scoreless in the eighth and ninth inning which secured the Knights victory.

UCF is scheduled to play Jacksonville this Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Coach Greg Lovelady declined to comment after the game. Players were also unavailable to the media.

Taya Britten is a contributor for the Central Florida Focus. You can follow her on Twitter at @tayabritten and you can email the sports team at EvanA@centralfloridafocus.com.