UCF Opens Senior Weekend with Loss to Tulane


GO KNIGHTS Erik Hempe added his fifth home run of the season Friday vs. Tulane.
GO KNIGHTS
Erik Hempe added his fifth home run of the season Friday vs. Tulane.
GO KNIGHTS

May 10, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston
UCFAthletics.com

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - In game one of the final home series of 2013, UCF was bounced by Tulane, 8-1, Friday at the UCF baseball complex. The Knights witnessed their record fall to 27-23 on the season and 11-8 in Conference USA.

Before Friday's rumble with the Green Wave (26-24, 9-10), UCF announced that due to the threat of inclement weather, game two of the series will move from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday's finale also was moved from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m.

Senior Erik Hempe kicked off his final home series in a Black and Gold uniform with a solo home run Friday, marking his fifth dinger of the season.

Following a first inning which featured UCF starting pitcher Ben Lively striking out a pair, Tulane took the first lead of the series with two runs in the second. The Green Wave then doubled their advantage to 4-0 thanks to Garrett Cannizaro's two-run shot to left one inning later.

Celebrating Senior Weekend, Hempe cut into the deficit in the fourth inning, blasting a 2-2 offering from Alex Byo over the left-field wall. However, the visitors answered immediately, collecting three runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth for an 8-1 cushion.

Commanding the hill for Tulane, Byo went the distance, tossing a complete game and allowing five hits on the night to secure the victory for the Green Wave.

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