June 2, 2012
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Missouri State 12, #1 Miami 2
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What a night for the Knights
By David Furones
College Baseball Insider
CORAL GABLES, Fla. –
UCF survived two comebacks from No. 4 seed Stony Brook to get
past the Seawolves 9-8 Saturday night at the Coral Gables
Shortstop Darnell Sweeney hit a three-run homer to right in the
second, and designated hitter Jeramy Matos hit another in the
sixth to spark the UCF offense.
9-5, Stony Brook made a furious comeback in the eighth against
three different Knights relievers to cut the lead to 9-8. Travis
Jankowski, who finished 2 for 5 with five RBI, doubled to
left-center to drive home two, and Pat Cantwell drove him in
with a line drive to center.
Seawolves three-hole hitter William
Carmona then belted a line drive to right, but UCF’s Alex
Friedrich made the catch banging up against the wall to save
what would’ve been the tying run.
the bat it sounded pretty well, but I thought he might’ve gotten
jammed a little bit,” Friedrich said. “I know the wind was
howling out to right. So I took a couple steps back. Obviously I
don’t want to get burned. Then I heard Ronnie [Richardson] tell
me, ‘Room, room, room,’ and then I heard, ‘Gravel,’ and then he
said, ‘Fence, fence.’ So communication really helped right
Seawolves then had the tying run on second with one out in the
ninth, but UCF closer Joe Rogers, who earned his 13th save of
the season, punched out Sal Intagliata and then induced a Kevin
Krause groundout to short to finish off Stony Brook.
surrendered a 5-0 lead to allow Stony Brook to tie the game, but
Matos stroked a Brandon McNitt slider over the Alex Rodriguez
Park left-field scoreboard for a three-run homer in the seventh
that put the Knights back on top 8-5.
looking for an off-speed pitch because that’s what they had been
throwing me,” Matos said. “I saw one. I took that fastball
before, and I saw the hanger. I just threw my hands and realized
it was hit pretty well.”
settled in nicely after giving up five runs in the first two
innings. He retired 11 straight batters at one point before
ultimately giving up the Matos homer. He was dealt the loss
after allowing eight runs (six of them earned) off five hits and
three walks in his six innings of work.
starter Ray Hanson was given the five-run lead to start the
game, but he was pulled in the third inning in favor of Chris
Matulis after 2.1 innings where he gave up three runs off five
hits and four walks.
Matulis was given a 5-3 lead, but allowed
the Seawolves’ three-hole hitter William Carmona to double home
two runs to tie the game at 5.
Matulis, who closed the Knights’ first win
of the Regional after the long delay Friday, remained in the
game to eat up five innings for Rooney. He was given a lead
after the Matos home run, and ultimately earned the win.
four runs were charged to him – two for runners he left on base
for reliever Roman Madrid – UCF coach Terry Rooney talked about
the impact he has made on the Knights’ postseason run.
at all the different roles he’s fulfilled for us this year,”
Rooney said. “He’s been a starter; he’s been a long reliever
today; yesterday he was a closer.
has continued to get better and better for us throughout the
entire season. Chris had a Tommy John last year, didn’t pitch,
and I think as you’ve seen the season continue to progress, his
command has gotten better.”
5-0 lead was erased because Stony Brook’s Jankowski responded
with a three-run
in the bottom of the second that snuck over the 330’ sign down
the right-field line. Then Carmona drilled a two-run double in
the fourth that tied the game at 5.
No. 1 seed Miami ousted in the Coral Gables regional and the No.
2 seed UCF now 2-0, the Knights are in the driver’s seat to
advance into the super regional. They will play Sunday at 7 p.m.
awaiting the winner of Stony Brook-Missouri State at 2 p.m.
where you want to be as a baseball team,” Rooney said. “You want
to put yourself in position where somebody has to beat you
twice, but at the end of the day, we just have to play one game
at a time.”
Seawolves ended up on the losing end of the hard-fought game,
but their coach appreciated his players’ determination and
perseverance through the deficits they bounced back from.
was a toe-to-toe straight-up fistfight, and they found a way to
come out on top,” Stony Brook coach Matt Senk said. “I could not
be prouder of my team tonight. They could’ve many times not
fought back in that game, and they did. They kept fighting and
they kept fighting.”
loss for Stony Brook snaps its 12-game winning streak. The
Seawolves had also won 23 of 24 games before Saturday night.
Brook will now face Missouri State and pitcher Cody Schumaker
(8-1, 3.58 ERA). Senk named Evan Stecko-Haley (7-3, 3.08 ERA) as
Stony Brook left nine men on base while UCF left
The one-run game was the 21st of the season for
UCF and the second one they’ve won in this Coral Gables
The Knights were able to get to McNitt right away
in the first inning Saturday night. The top of the order loaded
the bases and second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum skipped a throw
past his first baseman on the turn of a double play ball that
would’ve ended the inning. Two runs scored on the play.
UCF coach Terry Rooney referenced to the May 24
15-1 loss to UAB in the Conference USA Tournament where his
Knights were run-ruled as a turning point for his ball club.
Since that game, UCF has won four straight, including these
first two in the Coral Gables regional.
Rooney would not name a starter for Sunday, but
did say he would let the pitcher know so he can sleep easy at