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UCF Slips Past Marshall Baseball, 7-5

April 1, 2006

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - UCF used a five-run fourth inning to rally from an early deficit and defeat the Marshall baseball team, 7-5, Saturday night in Conference USA action at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.

Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) reached base three times on two singles and a walk for Marshall (10-13, 0-5 C-USA), while Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) had two singles.

Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) went 2-for-5 with a double and now has 206 career hits, moving within two of the all-time lead at Marshall, held by David Colangelo (1999-02).

UCF's Tyson Auer continued to torch Marshall pitching, going 3-for-3 with a double and three-run triple. He now is 6-for-10 with nine RBI in the first two games of the series. Derek Abriola (3-1) earned the win in relief, going three innings and allowing just one run and three hits after taking over for starter Mitch Herold. Dominic Petracca pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his league-leading eighth save of the season.

Jeremy Slone (Jr., Paintsville, Ky.) started for the Herd and went three-plus innings, allowing seven hits and six runs (five earned) while walking three and striking out three. He fell to 1-4 on the season. The Marshall bullpen of Nick Wolle (Jr., Coatesville, Pa.), Brendon Bump (Sr., Lawrence, Kan.), Andrew Blain (So., Huntington, W.Va.) and Brian Knippelmeyer (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) allowed just three hits and one run over the final six innings.



UCF (18-12, 2-0 C-USA) scored a run in the first on a Dave Lambert single, but Marshall answered in the bottom of the frame with two runs. The Herd loaded the bases with no outs, and Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn) brought a run home on a double-play groundout, and Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) singled to plate Frederick.

The Golden Knights tied the game in the second on an Eric Kallstrom solo home run, but Marshall regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Monaco single and a Frederick groundout.

UCF rallied in the fourth inning by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs to take a 7-4 lead. The first seven batters reached base, with back-to-back big blows doing the damage - a three-run triple by Auer and a two-run home run by Ryan Bono.

Marshall scored a run in the eighth inning on a triple by Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) to score Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.).

The teams conclude the series at noon 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