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Knights sweep Presbyterian

A dominating three-game performance by UCF leads the team toward conference play this weekend

A dominating three-game performance by UCF leads the team toward conference play this weekend

Isaac Babcock

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A nine-run second inning set up a blowout for the Knights, as they easily defeated Presbyterian 10-2 Sunday.

The win made a three-game sweep of the Blue Hose, and catapulted the Knights to a 13-8 record overall.

UCF had already socked it to the Hose in 15-1 and 6-1 routs Friday and Saturday before turning to their big bats again to deliver the final blow on Sunday.

And in the second inning, the Knights delivered, going on a nine-run scoring barrage that included two homeruns.

It was a long inning for the Hose, who watched some early pitching mistakes turn into a long run of hits for the Knights. After four runs scored on three singles and a sacrifice fly, Jonathan Griffin blasted a shot that crossed the street over the left field fence, clearing the bases and bringing the score to 7-0.

Two batters later, Ryan Breen was up for his second at-bat of the inning. Three pitches later, he sent another shot over the left field wall to bring the score to 9-0.

The devastating rally left Presbyterian stunned. The Knights' Joe Rogers took care of the rest, holding the Hose to zero earned runs in five innings from the start, striking out two in the process.

Rogers' record improved to 3-0 with the win.

After traveling to Miami at press time, the Knights will take the long trip to Houston for a three-game series to open Conference USA play starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. They'll return home against Bethune Cookman at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Rollins Tars

The Rollins Tars fell to 19-10 after falling twice to Florida Tech at home last weekend. They fell in a 19-2 blowout in Game 1 before nearly exacting revenge in a narrow 6-5 loss Sunday.

Tim Griffin pitched 4.2 hitless innings in relief Sunday while his team mounted a comeback, but the Tars' bats weren't enough.

The Tars travel to face Nova Southeastern this weekend, and then they return home against Saint Leo at 6 p.m. Tuesday.