UCF Knights Baseball Knock Off No.1 Ranked Ole Miss in Series Opener 3-2
By UCF Knights // February 28, 2021
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA – For the third time in UCF history, the Knights have knocked off the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
In game one of a three-game set in Oxford, Miss., the UCF baseball team topped the No. 1 Ole Miss Rebels 3-2 at Swayze Field on Friday night.
The victory marked the fifth straight win over SEC opponents, all on the road.
Knights starting pitcher Colton Gordon set the tone, only allowing just a single run in 7.0 innings of work. The left would finish his outing with six strikeouts, allowing six hits.
Ole Miss struck first in the fourth inning, stringing together a few singles together to take a 1-0 lead.
The Knights found a response in their half of the seventh, as Jordan Rathbone hit a solo shot into the UCF bullpen beyond left field to tie the game at one.
Two batters later, Josh Crouch responds to Rathbone with a solo shot of his own to give the Black and Gold their first lead of the game.
Rathbone added what would be a needed insurance run in the top of the ninth, doubling to left to start the inning, and would later come around to score on a throwing error.
After coming into the game in the eighth, David Litchfield stayed on to earn the two-inning save, despite giving up a solo home run in the bottom half of the ninth.