March 24, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- In a game that featured just about everything, UCF prevailed over the UAB baseball team, 12-10, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Young Memorial Field.
UAB (9-14, 0-3 C-USA) and UCF (17-9, 3-0) combined for 22 runs on 28 hits, five errors, 11 pitchers and a total of 35 players saw game action in a three hour and 37 minute marathon.
The contest also featured heavy rain fall at times and strong bursts of wind throughout the game's entirety.
The Knights appeared to have the game in hand, leading 10-6 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. UCF broke a 6-6 tie in the top half of the frame by scoring four runs by the use of just one hit, which was a RBI single off the bat of Austin Johnston. The other runs came home on a pair of RBI ground outs and a passed ball.
UCF nearly snapped the 6-6 tie an inning earlier (the seventh), but a full extension, highlight reel diving catch by right-fielder Griffin Gum stranded a pair of Knights in scoring position.
In the last of the eighth, UAB chipped away thanks to Ryan Prinzing plating Ivan De Jesus on a RBI single to cut the deficit to three.
After UCF was sent down in order in the ninth, the Blazers mounted an impressive comeback that would send the game to extras.
Tyler Mims began the rally by promptly singling to center in front of Tanner Bryant roping a double to put a pair of Blazers in scoring position with no outs. Jacob German brought home the first run of the inning, with a sac fly. After Bryant moved up 90 feet on a passed ball, Chase Davis sent the Blazers' shortstop home with a RBI single.
Davis advanced to second base on a ground out by Gum. With two down, Ivan De Jesus came up with clutch game-tying single to center as Davis just barely beat the throw home to tie the score at 10-all in dramatic fashion.
UAB was not done yet, looking to end the game before heading to extra innings. De Jesus, who had advanced to second on his RBI single, saw pinch hitter Jeff Schalk follow him by earning a walk. Next up was Prinzing, who rifled what appeared to a game-ending hit, but UCF third baseman Chris Taladay snagged the sinking liner to send the game to the 10th.
In the 10th, UCF received what proved to be the game-winning hit on a RBI double from Parker Webster. The Knights added an insurance run on a sac fly from Bo Decker.
The Blazers did not go quietly in the 10th, putting two runners on with one out, but a double play ended the contest and sealed the victory for the Knights.
Spencer Davis (3-1), who blew the save in the ninth, ended up the winner for UCF, pitching 1.1 innings, giving up three runs (all earned) off four hits with a walk. Tyler Martin picked up his first save of the season recording the final three outs.
UAB's Cameron Rose (0-1) was saddled with the loss, working 2.1 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) off two hits.
The Blazer bats woke on Sunday, after scoring just one run in the first two games of the series with UCF, the Green and Gold wrapped out 15 base knocks to score 10 runs.
Leading the squad in the batter's box was John Frost and Bryant who each finished 3-for-6 with one RBI. Prinzing roped two hits, scored twice and knocked in a pair, while Adam Lau went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored out of the leadoff slot.
UCF finished with six players recording two hits a piece. Bo Decker went 2-for-5 with four RBI, Chris Taladay had two hits and scored four runs, while JoMarcos Woods posted two hits, including a solo homer, and touched home three times in the victory.
UAB hosts instate foe Alabama on Tuesday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will air on the radio at WJOX-AM 690.