Looking at a
three to nothing deficit in the home half of the first, the Knights put on a
record setting performance with nine hits, eight runs and 12 batters coming to
the plate. Choppers rain bowing over the drawn in infield, finding holes in the
defense and displaying tough at bats led to the onslaught and a never-look-back
Starters on both
teams didn’t fair well, including UCF’s right-hander Taylor Cobb, who walked the
bases loaded to start the game. Stertzbach was then called on “by surprise” and
threw eight innings, allowing four earned runs on eight strikeouts and no base
on balls in his last home performance ever. Stertzbach was just happy he could
“stop the bleeding” but felt the offensive production that followed was what
“took the pressure off.” An 8-3 lead allowed Startzbach to concentrate on
throwing strikes and keeping the ball in play, which kept the Dolphin hitters
off balance and the UCF defense on its toes.
“It was a special
night with Von David,” Coach Jay Bergman said. “It is typical of him.”
Going into this
weekend Berman believed that the team had to believe in themselves. “I didn’t
tell them anything,” regarding this weekend’s outcome. “If you want to get in
you got to win all three,” Bergman said.
Nathan Kragt also
gave the senior night crowd a chance to cheer as this graduate had a career-high
finishing 4-for-4 while other notables included fellow senior Ryan Bear
(2-for5), and others P.J. Lehman (3-for-5), Dee Brown (3-for-5), Clay Timpner
Jay Bergman will
put his money on the line tomorrow with another senior as Mark Michael gets the
nod for the first game and sophomore sensation Matt Fox closes the regular
season out in the second.
tomorrow there is a lot riding on the line but these two things hold true for
the Golden Knights. Two victories are needed in front of a home crowd and
Campbell is UCF’s favorite team. GO Knights and GO Camels!
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