Feb. 16, 2014
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By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Powered by a career performance from Tommy Williams, the UCF baseball team earned an opening weekend sweep of Siena with a 9-6 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Knights (3-0) played in front of 4,678 fans during the three-game set at the UCF baseball complex, the 10th-highest attended weekend in program history.
Williams set a new career high with four hits, including his first collegiate home run. Overall, the North Palm Beach native went 4-for-5 with three RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. The junior has racked up seven hits in the first three contests this season and leads the team with 12 total bases. With UCF trailing the Saints (0-3) 6-4 in the sixth, Williams came up with the game-tying, two-run single and later tacked on an insurance ru in the eighth with his solo shot over the wall in left.
"What a great job today, a total team effort," head coach Terry Rooney said. "We talk a lot about "Championship Sunday" and what we mean by that what we've done on Friday and Saturday leads up to what we're going to do on that third day in a row. This was a back and forth game and I thought it was a total team effort in every way."
The Knights fell behind 4-0 after Siena touched up rookie starter Robby Howell. The Fort White native worked himself out of a few jams over the first three innings, but gave up eight hits and four earned runs en route to a no decision. Following Howell were three relievers each making their season debuts. Freshman Trent Thompson recorded a strikeout in the fifth before giving way to junior college transfer Parker Thomas. Thomas earned the victory after pitching 1.2 scoreless innings and striking out one.
A freshman All-American a year ago, sophomore Zac Favre picked up right where he left off as a rookie, working three scoreless innings for his first save of the year. The Jacksonville native struck out four and only allowed two hits.
"Zac did a great job out there," Rooney said. "He's shown the ability to go three innings so I'm definitely not going to limit him to one inning. I think he can do a bunch of things and there may be scenarios where Zac comes in the middle of a game to get us out of a jam and we go to someone else late."
After allowing four in the fourth, the Black and Gold immediately bounced back and tied the game with four of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Three straight singles by Sam Tolleson, Erik Barber and Bret Gordon loaded the bases and freshman Kam Gellinger picked up an RBI by drawing a four-pitch walk. Gellinger has reached base safely in all eight of his plate appearances this year via four hits, three walks and an error.
With the deficit now three runs and the bases still loaded, juniors Jordan Savinon and Dylan Moore each came up with clutch base hits that tied the game for the Knights. UCF got seven total hits from its 7-8-9 hitters, who provided excellent production from the bottom of the order all afternoon long.
The Knights return to action on Tuesday night as they travel up I-75 to battle Florida in Gainesville. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on AM 740 The Game.
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