UCF finishes series sweep of Siena with 11-run victory


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

Cre Finfrock pitched 6 innings and gave up no runs on three hits and struck out five in his UCF debut.

The University of Central Florida Knights baseball team started off their young season strong as they finished the series sweep of Siena with an 11-0 victory on Sunday.

With all of the starters returning this season except for one, the familiar team showed that they are not to be taken lightly. Though the team acquires multiple returning players, there are freshman players in the lineup too.

Head coach Terry Rooney does not believe experience is the key to winning. He sees success as a result of improvement.

“Experience doesn’t ensure victory.” Rooney said after the game.

The team surely looked like a high caliber competitor on Sunday in their victory where they allowed no runs, 3 hits and had 1 error.

Following up two pervious wins, the Knights come away with a dominating victory over the Siena Saints 11-0. From start to finish, the team maintained control of the game.

After a 1- 2-3 top of the first, the Knights came out and scored 8 runs in the bottom half of the inning. Siena’s Taylor Ahearn was yanked from the game after two-thirds of an inning and Dylan Moore welcomed the relief pitcher, Kyano Cummings, to the game with a 3-run home run. With 8 runs allowed, 5 hits, and 3 errors in the bottom of the first, the Saints found themselves trailing early.

Scattering runs throughout the game, the Knights allowed for their freshman pitcher, Cre Finfrock, to settle in and cruise through a strong 6 innings only allowing 3 hits with no walks and no runs to go along with 5 strike outs.

The young and highly recruited freshman on the mound was “shaken up there,” but the 8-run first inning helped him settle down.

“It gave me the confidence if I gave up a run it wasn’t a big deal.” said Finfrock after the series finale. That confidence assisted him in earning him his first collegiate win.

A stunning defensive performance by the Knights ensured a victory for them. Making only one error, which came in the seventh inning by the second baseman Kyle Marsh, the near-perfect defense secured the confidence of the young flamethrower and he led them to an 11-0 victory and the series sweep of Siena.

Making every play that came his way, Tommy Williams made the move from shortstop to third base and excelled in the hot spot.

“I feel pretty comfortable; it’s on the same side of the field,” Williams said referring to the change in location on the field. “A little bit more reactionary than shortstop.”

Williams continues to impact games after he hit a home run the day on Saturday. Along with flawless defense by the senior, he assisted the offense by pushing across another run by being walked and he came around the bases for a run of his own after being singled in by Matt Diorio.

The offensive force of the Knight’s lineup stayed awake throughout the entirety of the game. Scratching together an impressive fourteen hits and 8 runs, the roster did not come to a halt and kept the pressure on the opposing team.

Leading the team with 3 hits, Dylan Moore contributed to the dominance with 2 singles and a 3-run home run. Erik Barber, Matt Diorio, Jordan Savinon and Eugene Vazquez each also contributed with 2 hits each.

An overall team effort by the Knights gives them their third consecutive win and they hope to carry over their momentum into their game against the 0-2 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.