Eight-Run Third Powers Gold in Game 1 of the Black and Gold World Series

Oct. 30, 2013

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – What started out as a pitcher’s duel turned into a high-scoring contest in Game 1 of the Black and Gold World Series Wednesday afternoon at the UCF Baseball Complex. Gold put up eight runs in the bottom of the third and held off a hard-charging rally by Black to come away with a 9-6 victory.

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Redshirt junior pitcher Spencer Davis was strong all afternoon as he tossed the maximum four innings allowed on just 45 pitches. Davis, who notched a 4-2 record with a 3.32 ERA and four saves to tie for the team lead a season ago, allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out a pair to earn the victory.

“Spencer Davis obviously had a great game today,” winning manager Kyle Sprague said. “He went the full four innings and gave up just one hit and was huge for us.”

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The Gold squad broke the game open in the bottom of the third against Black's starter Tanner Olson and first reliever Nathan Morris. Showing excellent plate discipline, team Gold drew four walks and were hit by three pitches in the frame to jump out to a 5-0 advantage. Junior outfielder Erik Barber provided the biggest shot offensively as he broke the game wide open with a bases-loaded, three-run double that one hopped the wall in left.  

Despite facing a nine-run deficit, Black showed off its resiliency by scoring six unanswered runs in the top of the fifth inning off Gold reliever Danny Dixon. Six walks drawn and a pair of RBI singles by junior shortstop Tommy Williams and senior second baseman Bret Gordon got Black right back in the game. The comeback, however, came up short as freshman Vinnie Rosace pitched one scoreless inning before giving way to fellow rookie Drew Faintich for a one-out save.

Black will look to even the series Thursday at 3 p.m. when coach Ryan Klosterman tabs newcomer Robby Howell to face off against sophomore Tyler Martin.

Also, make sure to head out to the baseball complex on Friday for the series finale at 6:30 p.m. There will be plenty of prizes, giveaways, music and the unveiling of the 2014 UCF Diamond Girls. Admission and parking are free for all.