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A preview of the Marshall series, May 17-19.
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UCF Team Leaders
Batting Average: Kiko Vazquez - .362
Hits: Tyson Auer - 75
Homers: Kiko Vazquez - 9
RBI: Kiko Vazquez - 49
Stolen Bases: Tyson Auer - 21
Wins: Jaager Good, Kyle Sweat, Justin Weiss - 4
ERA: Justin Weiss - 1.59
Saves: Justin Weiss - 7
Strikeouts: Jaager Good - 51
The lowdown on Marshall
UCF and Marshall have not played each other yet, but both have been battling it out in the standings for the last couple weeks. The Knights currently own a half-game lead over Marshall since one of the Herd's games at ECU was cancelled. That half game has kept UCF in eighth place and in a spot to move on to the eight-team C-USA Championship. But if Marshall wins at least two of three this weekend at UCF, then the Thundering Herd will own the final spot in the tournament May 23-27 in Greenville, N.C. In other words, whoever wins the series, moves on to the postseason.
Marshall began the conference season losing its first nine games, which was part of a 16-game overall losing streak. But it then took two of three against Memphis and Houston. However, it will enter the UCF series after being swept vs. Southern Miss and UAB. The Herd has a .282 team batting average, but only 29 stolen bases. The team ERA sits at 6.60.
Probable Pitching Match-Ups
UCF - Jaager Good, Jr. RHP - 4-5, 4.32 ERA, 14 APP, 13 GS, 75.0 IP, 51 K
Marshall - Andrew Blain, So. LHP - 4-3, 5.13 ERA, 22 APP, 3 GS, 40.1 IP, 39 K
UCF - Kyle Sweat, So. RHP - 4-4, 5.01 ERA, 15 APP, 8 GS, 59.1 IP, 35 K
Marshall - Jeremy Slone, Sr. RHP - 3-4, 6.28 ERA, 12 APP, 12 GS, 77.1 IP, 41 K
UCF - To Be Announced
Marshall - To Be Announced
Reviewing the East Carolina series, May 11-13 - ECU swept, 8-6, 8-7, 13-8
UCF at No. 30 ECU Game One Box Score
UCF at No. 30 ECU Game Two Box Score
UCF at No. 30 ECU Game Three Box Score
- Even though the Pirates won the series, 3-0, UCF did not have a problem with earning scoring chances. Here's a look at the game-by-game offensive production:
Game 1 - 6 Runs, 12 Hits, 11 LOB, 3 Two-Out RBI
Game 2 - 7 Runs, 13 Hits, 12 LOB, 1 Two-Out RBI
Game 3 - 8 Runs, 17 Hits, 11 LOB, 0 Two-Out RBI
- The 21 runs scored tied the most for a three-game weekend series this season (Tulane).
- The 42 hits were the most recorded in a three-game weekend series this year.
- From February to April, UCF recorded just 13 homers. In the month of May alone, the Knights have nine dingers. A total of 41 percent of this year's home runs have come during games played in May. UCF finished the ECU series with five long balls (Kiko Vazquez two, Eric Kallstrom two, Chris Duffy one).
- Eric Kallstrom's two homers in the series were the first for the shortstop since he hit a pair at LSU.
- Brian Brooks lowered his ERA to 2.68 thanks to 4.1 shutout innings in the finale.
- UCF hit .350 as a team vs. ECU. Kiko Vazquez led the way with a .545 mark, while Tyson Auer went .467, Kyle Mills was .444 and both Ryan Richardson and Brandon Romans hit .429. Vazquez finished with a 1.182 slugging percentage for the weekend.
- On the basepaths, UCF was 3-for-3 in stolen bases. ECU was 17-for-17.
Game 1 - Stephen Batts' three-run homer in the fifth. With UCF up 4-1, East Carolina put the first two aboard and Batts brought them all in to tie it up. His home run ruined all of the Knights' momentum as ECU went on to post the 8-6 win.
Game 2 - Corey Kemp may have gave ECU the win with a solo homer in the eighth, 8-7, but the Pirates' pitching staff held UCF at bay. The Knights put a runner a second with one out in both the eighth and ninth innings only to be unable to get the key hit.
Game 3 - A similar story emerged in the finale. With the game still within reach, UCF entered the top of the fourth trailing 8-5. Three-straight singles gave the Black and Gold a chance to tie with nobody out. But Bailey Daniels stepped on the rubber and got three outs to keep UCF scoreless. The same thing happened in the ninth. Now behind 13-8, the Knights once again got three singles to load them up with no outs on the board. Closer Shane Mathews came on in relief and recorded the final three outs to give ECU the five-run win.
Game 1 - Stephen Batts. His three-run homer tied it at 4-4 in the fifth and helped ECU go on to the 8-6 win.
Game 2 - Ryan Wood. The ECU shortstop went 3-for-4 with four stolen bases and two runs scored.
Game 3 - Kyle Roller. ECU's designated hitter delivered with a 3-for-4 performance and six RBI.
Quotes for the ECU series unavailable.
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