UCF Powers Past Marshall in Home C-USA Baseball Opener

March 31, 2006

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team lost its first-ever home Conference USA game to UCF, 18-1, Friday night at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.

UCF's Tyson Auer went 3-for-7 with six RBI and fell a home run shy of the cycle. The Golden Knights' Tim Bascom dominated on the mound, firing eight innings and striking out 12 while allowing just one earned run and four hits.

Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) had a double now has 204 career hits, moving within four hits of the all-time lead at Marshall.

UCF (17-12, 1-0 C-USA) wasted no time taking the lead, as Matt Ray homered on the fourth pitch of the game. The Golden Knights added a run in the inning on a Ryan Williams RBI single.

Marshall (10-12, 0-4 C-USA) answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the first. With one out, Frederick doubled to left field and moved up on a Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) groundout. Frederick then scored on a balk by Bascom.

UCF tacked on a run in the second inning on a run-scoring single by Tyson Auer, then added five in the third to knock Marshall starter Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) from the game. The first five batters of the inning reached base, and all five crossed the plate, with two scoring on a Harwath single and two on an Auer double.



In the fifth, UCF posted four runs, with three coming on a bases-clearing triple by Auer. The Golden Knights added three in the sixth on an RBI single by Ryan Bono, a fielding error and a Dave Lambert double.

UCF continued its offensive onslaught in the eighth inning, scoring three runs on a bases-clearing triple to the wall in center by Shane Ynclan.

The two teams return for a 7 p.m. contest Saturday and a noon game Sunday in Charleston. Tickets for all Conference USA games at Appalachian Power Park are on sale now by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or logging on to www.herdzone.com.