Knights beat Bulls 6-2; bats starting to wake up for UCF

The UCF Knights defeated the USF Bulls 6-2 on the road at USF Baseball Stadium in Tampa this past Tuesday. Right-handed pitcher Ray Hanson pitched seven strong innings, striking out three Bulls, while allowing four hits and one run.

“Ray did a great job,” said head coach Terry Rooney. “It was one of the better pitched games for us all season. He threw well against Florida State. He threw well against Miami.”Hanson pitched for seven innings, the longest a pitcher has pitched all year.

“It seems like everything is working for me, early in the game didn’t seem to have too much command but I was still finding a way to get the job done,” said Hanson after the game.  “I feel like I am pretty blessed with the three starts I got.”

Left-handed pitcher Jimmy Reed pitched for the last two innings allowing one run, two hits and striking out two Bulls in the ninth inning.

The Knights didn’t earn their first hit until the fourth inning. After that they had five hits.

“The name of the game tonight was timely hitting,” said Rooney. “Although there weren’t a lot of hits in the game, our offense really came through with some clutch hits and we hit a lot of balls hard.”

Outfielder Ronnie Richardson hit a homerun in the fifth inning resulting with a lead of 3-1 that would later be increased to 6-2.

First baseman D.J. Hicks earned two more RBIs during Tuesday’s giving him a total of 33 RBIs in 2012. Alex Friedrich, Nick Carrillo, and Spencer Haynes each had a run while James Vasquez had two runs.

No. 19 UCF will start Conference USA games with No. 25 East Carolina Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field.

Only two pitchers were used during Tuesday’s game. Knights are saving their bullpen for the weekend.

As far as the pitcher rotation goes Brian Adkins is expected to be the starting pitcher Friday night, while Ben Lively is expected to be the starting pitcher on Saturday.  Sunday’s starting pitcher has not been chosen yet.