March 23, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – Redshirt sophomore Ryan Meyer earned his first-career victory as the UCF baseball team picked up a sweep of Cincinnati with a 5-1 win in the series finale on Sunday at the baseball complex.
“I tell you, Ryan Meyer has done a great job,” head coach Terry Rooney said after the game. “All of the adversity and injuries he has been through. You don’t miss two years in a row and come out in your third year and be successful like he has unless you have an incredible work ethic and determination to get better. He did a terrific job out there and I think he’s going to get better and better as the season goes on.”
The Knights (13-12, 3-0 The American) got three strong relief innings from the Oviedo native. The 6-foot-6 righty allowed just one hit and one walk to go along with a strikeout. UCF used a total of six pitchers to top the Bearcats (8-14, 0-3) on a beautiful afternoon for baseball.
“It’s been a long time coming, about three years now,” Meyer said. “I was actually a junior in high school when I got my last win. I just wanted to fill the zone and trust my teammates behind me. Cincinnati has a good lineup so I was just trying to let my defense do the work.”
Junior Zach Rodgers made the start and got the team off on the right foot by pitching four scoreless innings. The Glendale native, who earned his first-career save on Saturday evening, allowed just one hit and lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.44.
Sophomore Zac Favre got the Knights out of a jam in the fifth. Leading 3-1 with a runner in scoring position, the Jacksonville native struck out the only batter he faced to end the threat.
Junior Tommy Williams had a huge day at the plate as he finished just a triple shy of the cycle. The North Palm Beach native put the Knights up 2-0 on an RBI single in the second and blasted his conference-leading sixth home run in the sixth to give UCF a 4-1 advantage.
“The guys did a great job this entire week,” Rooney said. “These guys have continued to be resilient, confident, their work ethic has been great. When you have those two qualities, confidence and a great work ethic, good things will happen and good things happened this weekend. It was a total team effort from start to finish.”
The Knights scored a run in each of the first three innings to take a three-run advantage it would not relinquish. Junior Erik Barber lifted a sacrifice fly in the first and followed that up with his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the third. The Lakeland native finished his day 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. Barber increased his team lead in RBIs to 24 with two on the day.
Williams finished off the scoring for the Knights with an RBI double in the seventh inning that scored Barber.
Junior Sam Tolleson extended his hitting streak to seven games with a second-inning double. The Houston native was a difficult out all week as he came up with eight hits and two walks in 15 at bats.
UCF will get the next two days off before returning to the field for midweek action against in-state rival Bethune-Cookman. Wednesday night's matchup with the Wildcats will serve as the second "Dollar Dog Knight" of 2014. Fans in attendance can enjoy $1 hot dogs all game long. To purchase individual game tickets for Wednesday click here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1208324?brand=ucf
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