With the victory, South Florida improved to 19-10 overall while the Golden Knights dropped to 20-11. The loss also marked the first time in 2003 that UCF has lost two consecutive games.
The Bulls ended the scoreless tie in the fourth inning with five runs on five hits. After a leadoff walk to Myron Leslie, Jeff Baisley singled him to third base on a perfect hit and run situation. With runners on first and third, Devin Ivany drove in the first run of the game with an infield single off the glove of Stertzbach giving USF a 1-0 advantage. Later in the inning, Ronnie Handley drove in two with a single to right center to pad the Bulls' lead to 3-0. Handley drove in both runners after the Bulls had a successful double steal to put runners on second and third. Handley eventually scored on a wild pitch by Stertzbach for USF's fourth run in the inning. The final blow in the fourth came on a RBI-single up the middle by Mike Cunningham.
South Florida added to its lead in the sixth on a RBI-triple off the bat of Travis Brown and a RBI-single by Bryan Hierlmeier to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead.
UCF scored four two-out runs in the seventh to slice the South Florida lead to 7-4. Ryan Bear drove in two runs with a single up the middle with the bases loaded for UCF's first two runs of the night. Later in the inning, Nathan Kragt scored on a passed ball and Dee Brown doubled home Bear to bring UCF to within three at 7-4.
Handley drove in his third run of the game for the Bulls in the seventh to give USF an 8-4 lead. The run was scored off UCF reliever Matt Fox, who should have finished the inning without allowing a run by Clay Timpner misplayed Ivany's hit into a triple leading to the run. Despite allowing the one run, Fox did manage to strikeout the side.
UCF sliced the deficit to three at 8-5 in the eighth on a RBI-single down the left field line by David Mann to score Drew Butera.
South Florida reliever Joey Livingston pitched the final 1.2 innings to seal the win for the Bulls. Livingston pitched a perfect 1.2 innings for his eighth save of the season.
Fox was dominant in his two innings of relief as he fanned a career-high six. Eleven of UCF's final 12 outs on the night came via the strikeout.
Bear finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI for the Golden Knights. UCF returns to action Friday at home vs. Campbell. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field.
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