UCF offense struggles in loss

The UCF Knights fell to Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday night at Jay Bergman Field 1-0. The Owls picked up the win while holding the Knights to just three hits.

Owls pitcher Brandon Rhodes picked up the win, pitching 2.1 innings and striking out one batter in relief. Starting pitcher Kyle Miller gave up the three hits to the Knights in 3.2 innings, and four Owls relief pitchers held the Knights hitless the rest of the way.

“We’ll get our offense going, but credit FAU those guys have a very good ball club,” said UCF head coach Terry Rooney.

The Owls picked up their lone run in the fifth inning on a passed ball that allowed first baseman Esteban Puerta to score from third base.

While the Knights couldn’t get anything going offensively, starting pitcher Spencer Davis and relief pitcher Zac Favre combined to allow just five hits.

“Spencer Davis did tremendous,” said Rooney. “We talked about down the stretch run continue to get better and that’s how we become a better team – everybody improves. Davis has really struggled in the last couple of outings and he did a really nice job out there today.”

The Knights will play the Owls again on Wednesday in Boca Raton as part of a home-and-home series.

After tomorrow’s game against the Owls, UCF will conclude their home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Presbyterian. The Knights are expected to wear throwback uniforms on Saturday to recognize the school’s original mascot, the Citronaut, from when it was known as Florida Technical University.