#19 UCF Comes From Behind; Downs Baseball, 4-3

Jake McGuiggan runs the bases against Cornell on April 10, 2011 (Gil Talbot) Buy Now
Jake McGuiggan runs the bases against Cornell on April 10, 2011 (Gil Talbot)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida, ranked 19th nationally, scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Knights held off visiting Harvard by a score of 4-3.

With Harvard (1-10) leading going into the bottom of the eighth, UCF's (14-5) Chris Taladay led off with a home run against Matt Doyle. After a single, sacrifice bunt and a hit batsman, an errant pickoff throw moved runners into scoring position with one out. It would prove costly as Tommy Williams lofted a sacrifice fly to plate an unearned run for the final score.

The Knights' offense came to life after Jack Colton was thrown out at home to end the top of the eighth inning on a single from Jake McGuiggan.

Each team scored two runs in the first inning, and Harvard added its third run in the top of the second. After that, both teams were held scoreless until UCF's outburst in the eighth.

In the top of the first, Zach Boden singled and stole second. Jeff Reynolds followed with an RBI single and, two batters later, Colton plated Reynolds with a suicide squeeze.

In the bottom of the first, the Knights scored their two runs on a single to left by Taladay and a sacrifice fly by Alex Friedrich.

In the second inning, Kyle Larrow singled and eventually came around on an RBI single from Reynolds.

McGuiggan, Boden and Steven Dill had two this apiece for the Crimson.