UCF Knights Baseball Season Comes To End With Loss In NCAA Regionals To Florida State
By Bill Morrison, UCF Sports // June 6, 2017
KNIGHTS FINISH YEAR 40-22, 15-9 IN conference
ABOVE VIDEO: UCF baseball head coach Greg Lovelady gets emotional in wrapping up his first season with the Knights.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The UCF Baseball team fell to Florida State 6-1 Saturday, and was eliminated from postseason play at Dick Howser Stadium.
Despite the 2017 campaign drawing to a close, a new foundation for the program has been layed under first-year head coach Greg Lovelady.
“Obviously it’s tough, you never want to lose your last game,” Lovelady said.
“It’s really an emotional day but I’m proud of the kids. We didn’t do enough today. We struck out a ton of guys, Jason [Bahr] did an unbelievable job, but they were able to get some good barrels on balls.”
The Knights fell behind early in the third inning, when back-to-back walks were followed by a three-run home run that gave the Seminoles the lead.
The Black and Gold got on the board in the seventh on a clutch two-out single by second baseman Matthew Mika, but were unable to do any more damage offensively.
UCF reliever Jason Bahr struck out nine hitters in three innings, but Florida State ace Tyler Holton kept the Knights offense off balance all day. Holton threw a complete game and gave up just six hits and no walks, while sitting down 13 batters en route to the victory.
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