Two Hits Enough for No. 19 Central Florida in 4-2 Win over Crimson

Baron Davis in action against UAB in a 2011 game.
Baron Davis in action against UAB in a 2011 game.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Harvard limited 19th-ranked Central Florida to just two hits on Saturday but the Golden Knights got the breaks in a 4-2 victory over the Crimson.

Seven of Harvard's (1-11) losses this season have come by three runs or fewer and six by two runs or less.

Despite the UCF (15-5) offense only collecting two hits, freshmen pitchers Eric Skoglund and Garrett Nuss duo kept the Crimson (1-11) batters off balance all afternoon as both Skoglund and Nuss tied career highs in strikeouts with seven and five, respectively.

Skoglund (3-1) came out dealing, striking out the side on 12 pitches in the first inning, and the first five-of-six batters overall. In the sixth, Nuss entered the ballgame and tossed four innings of one-hit ball to pick up his first-career save.

Harvard's Joey Novak started the game with 10-straight balls and only lasted 2/3 of an inning after walking three and hitting two batters while surrendering two runs on 29 pitches. UCF got a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly for a two-run first inning. In the second, a single, error, wild pitch and a ground out made it 3-0.  

The Crimson scored its two runs in the top of the third on a pair of hits from Zach Boden and Jeff Reynolds but Skoglund got out of a first-and-third jam after inducing a ground ball to third base.

In the bottom-half of the inning, UCF scored the final run on a walk, stolen base, throwing error and a sacrifice fly.

Nuss came into the game and stranded runners on second and third in the top of the sixth, and held down the Crimson the rest of the way.

Baron Davis was tremendous in relief for the Crimson, throwing 6.0 innings and scattering two hits while striking out a batter. Sam Dodge retired all four batters he faced to finish the game.