UCF beat Bethune Cookman 6-2; Knights sweep season series

UCF beat Bethune Cookman 6-2; Knights sweep season series

Bryan Levine / Valencia Voice

RHP Garrett Nuss earned his first career win as a starter.

UCF had a concrete win against Bethune Cookman at Jay Bergman Field Wednesday night, beating the Wildcats 6-2.“A solid win over a good Bethune-Cookman team,” said head coach Terry Rooney. “I thought a majority of our pitchers did a good job tonight.”RHP Garrett Nuss earned the win in his first career start. Nuss pitched three innings, allowed one hit, one walk and struck out one Wildcat. Nuss has pitched a total of 30 innings, 31 strikeouts, and has an ERA of 1.50.“Nuss did a great job,” said Rooney. “He obviously did a nice job and got us off to a good start.”Nuss’ reliever Eric Skoglund allowed no hits and struck out a pair in the two scoreless innings he pitched.Skoglund improved his ERA to 2.01.Senior Bryan Brown relieved Skoglund in the sixth inning. Brown pitched for two innings then Jimmy Reed and Roman Madrid pitched each pitched an inning.

Chris Taladay (2-for-4, 1 RBI) hit his second homerun of the season in the third inning. The Knights have accumulated 25 homeruns this season.

“I feel good up at the plate just getting the job done,” said Taladay.

Eight out of the nine UCF starters had a hit during Wednesday’s game.  First baseman, D.J. Hicks (2-for-4, 1 RBI) improved his nation leading RBI total to 49. Alex Friedrich (2-for-4, 1 RBI) held the B-CU scoreless in the third inning with clutch fielding when he threw to Ryan Breen who tagged out the Wildcat runner.

No. 13 UCF remains on top of the C-USA standings with a 7-2 record and a 28-7 overall record.

UCF will travel for a weekend conference series to Hattiesburg, Mississippi where they will face the Golden Eagles. The Knights’ next home game will be against Florida Atlantic Tuesday April 17th at 6:30 p.m.