Lipscomb Rallies in the Ninth to Top #25 UCF, 5-4



April 9, 2005

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ORLANDO - For the first time this season, No. 25 UCF failed to hold its lead after eight innings of play as Lipscomb rallied for two runs in the ninth with two outs to defeat the Golden Knights, 5-4. The loss snapped UCF's four-game winning streak as the Golden Knights fell to 26-1 when leading after eight innings of play in 2005. The loss dropped UCF to 29-8 overall and 10-4 in the A-Sun while Lipscomb improved to 16-16 and 4-7 in league play.

UCF scored two runs in the second without a hit as the Golden Knights took advantage of a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly by Tyson Auer for the 2-0 lead.

The Bison scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, while UCF scored two in the fifth when Ryan Bono drove in a pair of runs with a two-run single.

UCF held on to the 4-2 lead until the sixth when Lipscomb added an unearned run off UCF starter Mike Billek to pull to within one at 4-3.

Billek held the Bison in check for the most part, going 6.1 innings with three runs allowed (two earned) with six hits, four strikeouts and three walks in the no-decision.

The Golden Knights looked to close the game out in the ninth, but reliever Dominic Petracca (0-3) gave up a RBI-single to Nathan Sensing to tie the at four with two outs. Petracca ran into trouble as he allowed the leadoff batter, Nick Clecker, to single to start the inning. Clecker scored on the RBI-hit by Sensing and Ryan Mitchell doubled into the gap to bring home Sensing to give the Bison the lead for good at 5-4.

Seth Kuwik worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season. Lipscomb starter Zach Duncan went 8.0 innings and threw 148 pitches in the win. Duncan (4-2) yielded seven hits and four runs with five strikeouts and five walks.

Matt Ray had two hits for the Golden Knights, but left the game early with a cut to his arm. Bono chipped in with two hits and two RBI for UCF.



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