Baseball Rallies For Dramatic 6-5 Win Over #2 LSU

ORLANDO – Junior left fielder Dee Brown drove in David Mann on a fielder's choice for the game-winning run to lift UCF to a thrilling, 6-5 come-from-behind victory over No. 2 LSU Sunday at Jay Bergman Field. The victory over the second-ranked Tigers was the second all-time for UCF vs. a top-five team and the first win ever vs. a team ranked in the top three.

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Freshman reliever Tim Bascom (2-0) pitched five innings of sensational relief to record his second win on the year for the Golden Knights. Bascom held the Tigers to just four hits and two runs with two strikeouts to propel the Knights to the win.

With the win, UCF moved to 3-2 on the season while No. 2 LSU dropped to 2-1. Sunday's attendance was 1,575, the sixth largest crowd in Jay Bergman Field history. The three-game series set a new Jay Bergman Field record for a three-game series with 5,139 fans.

The previous series attendance record was 5,133 vs. Alabama in 2001 at Jay Bergman Field.

The Golden Knights trailed 3-0 going into the sixth inning before scoring three times in the sixth to tie the contest. Chandler Rose started things with a RBI-double to finally put the Knights on the board at 3-1. UCF then scored on a balk as Rose scampered home and Mann later scored via a walk to tie the contest.

LSU starting pitcher Clay Dirks was efficient as he held UCF to three runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. UCF starter Kyle Bono was strong as well as both pitchers were making their first career starts. Bono lasted five innings and fanned seven, both career-highs.

LSU came back with two runs in the seventh to regain the lead at 5-3. Blake Gill, who was 3-for-5 with two RBI on the day, gave the Tigers' the lead again with a RBI-double and Nick Stahvinoha added a RBI-single in the inning for LSU's second run of the seventh.

The Golden Knights got both runs back with one swing in the home half of the inning. Junior Drake Wade delivered the biggest hit of his young UCF career as the Polk CC transfer drilled a two-run, pinch hit home run to tie the contest at five.

The game remained scoreless until extra innings. UCF had a golden chance to win the game in the ninth inning as the Golden Knights loaded the bases with just one out, but LSU reliever Jordan Faircloth got two critical ground outs to get the Tigers out of trouble.

Faircloth started the 10th inning with a walk to Mann to set the table for UCF. After Mann stole second, he advanced to third on a ground out by Kevin Richmond. After an intentional walk to Clay Timpner, Brown hit a grounder to first and LSU first baseman Clay Harris fired the ball over the shortstop's head to seal the win for the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights totaled 10 hits on the day but left 15 runners on base. Ryan Bono was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored while Rose and Drew Butera were 2-for-5.

The win marked the second straight Sunday game that UCF rallied late for a win. Last weekend at Florida International, the Golden Knights won the game with two runs in the ninth for an 8-6 win.

The Golden Knights are back in action Tuesday at Bethune-Cookman. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. from Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Listen to all the action live as WNSC calls the game from Daytona Beach via Yahoo! Sports on www.ucfathletics.com.


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