UCF defeats No. 29 Oklahoma


Cody Taylor / Valencia Voice

Brooks Morgan (No.2) went 1-3 with an rbi and a run scored on Saturday against Oklahoma.

The UCF Knights baseball team used stellar pitching and defense to defeat the Oklahoma Sooners 4-1 on Saturday night at Jay Bergman Field. The Knights also benefited from shaky pitching from Sooners starting pitcher Adam Choplick in the fourth inning.

UCF entered the fourth inning tied up with the Sooners at one before putting up three runs in the inning. Choplick started off the inning by giving up a single to James Vazquez, then hit Erik Barber to put two on for the Knights. Sam Tolleson then delivered a perfect bunt down the third baseline to load the bases for the Knights.

The Knights would then score on a bases -loaded walk and two hit batsman to take a 4-1 lead.

Spencer Davis gave UCF a quality start with 6.2 innings pitched, three hits, one run, four walks and four strikeouts.

The Knights’ defense also came up big on a couple of plays. Outfielder Erik Barber made a highlight-reel play in the third inning on a sliding catch in foul territory down the third baseline.

The other key defensive play came from third baseman Kam Gellinger when he fielded a ball near the outfield grass and made a long throw from across his body to first base to end the Sooners’ inning with the bases loaded.

Oklahoma would end the game by hitting five total batsman, including three from Choplick, who finished the game after 3.2 innings pitched.

The Knights improve to 4-2 on the season and take on The Citadel on Sunday at 2 p.m.