Feb. 25, 2006
ORLANDO - Freshman right fielder Shane Ynclan finished 4-for-5 with three RBI to lead host UCF past Stony Brook 8-3 Saturday afternoon at Jay Bergman Field. Ynclan recorded career-highs in hits and RBI as UCF ripped 15 hits on the afternoon to earn the victory.
Stony Brook (0-2) scored an unearned run in the first inning before UCF (3-5) exploded for six runs in the second. Freshman Ryan Williams started the scoring with his first career home run with a two-run shot to right field to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead. UCF continued to use the long ball in the inning as freshman shortstop Eric Kallstrom launched his first career dinger with a solo shot to left.
Back-to-back RBI-doubles by Ynclan and senior catcher Ryan Bono extended the lead to 5-1 before the Golden Knights tallied their final run of the frame as Bono scored an unearned run on a throwing error to give UCF a 6-1 advantage.
UCF starting pitcher Taylor Cobb pitched just two innings before leaving with tightness in his arm. Junior reliever Derek Abriola (1-0) pitched four strong innings and totaled a career-high four strikeouts to earn the victory.
Senior closer Dominic Petracca pitched the final 1.2 innings for his second save of the series and his third of the season. Petracca moved into a tie for sixth place in UCF history with seven career saves.
Five Golden Knights recorded multi-hit games, led by Ynclan's four hits. Junior second baseman Matt Ray, Bono, Williams and Kallstrom each finished with two hits for the victors.
Chris Sipp led the Seawolves with two hits. Stony Brook starter Brian Murtagh (0-1) pitched just 1.1 innings and yielded six runs on eight hits.
UCF looks for its first three-game series sweep of the season Sunday in the series finale vs. Stony Brook. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Jay Bergman Field.
Game Notes: UCF's five extra-base hits were a season-high ... the two-home run game was the first of the season for the Golden Knights ... Freshman third baseman Vinny Cucci recorded his first career hit as a Golden Knight with a single.