UCF extends win streak to six, stay undefeated in conference play


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

Dylan Moore drove in four runs during the Knights 6-4 win over Temple on Friday.

Dylan Moore reached base five times and drove in four runs to help lead the UCF Knights past the Temple Owls  6-4 on Friday night.

UCF kept their six-game winning streak alive and improved to 4-0 in conference play, the first time they’ve started off with four-straight wins in conference play since 2005.

Moore recorded four hits and one walk during the win, and also earned his head coach’s praise following the game.

“He’s been doing a great job for us for the last two weeks,” said UCF head coach Terry Rooney. “He’s a tremendous defensive player and now offensively obviously he’s getting it going.”

The Knights did most of their damage to the Owls in the third inning when Moore hit a bases-clearing three-run double to the left field wall that opened up the lead to 4-1.

“It’s not just that he’s getting the hits, it’s that he’s getting us quality at bats at the top of the lineup,” said Rooney of Moore’s performance.

The Owls fought back in the next winning when first baseman Robert Amaro and third baseman Derek Anderson each drove in runs to bring the lead to 4-3.

The Knights added some insurance runs to their lead in the sixth inning when Kam Gellinger scored on a wild pitch and Moore knocked in his fourth run of the game.

The season-high six-game win streak has the Knights playing with newfound confidence after their dreadful start to March when they lost their first six games.

“It’s definitely good to be on a winning streak and everything is clicking,” said Moore. “If the pitching isn’t going so well then our defense and our hitting will pick it up and vice versa. We’re rolling right now for sure.”

The Knights return to action on Saturday with the second game of the three-game series against Temple. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. with Tanner Olson pitching against Temple’s Preston Hill.