baseball v Ball State

UCF redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Jaylyn Whitehead (20) throws a pitch during the game against the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday, March 6. Whitehead struck three batters out in 14 at-bats, helping the Knights defeat the Cardinals 9-8 at John Euliano Park. 

The UCF baseball team defeated North Florida 5-0 on a wet and windy Wednesday night at John Euliano Park.

The Knights recorded their second shutout of the year behind a dominant performance from the pitching staff that saw four pitchers combine to allow just six hits.

“We played really well tonight,” head coach Greg Lovelady said. “It was good to bounce back, get back on the field and get a win under us. Jordan Spicer did a tremendous job tonight. It was his best start of the year, if not his career. He gave us a chance."

Spicer, a senior right-hander, threw six shutout innings. He only allowed two hits, which helped him earn a win and improve his record to 2-0 on the season.

Sophomore right-hander Jeffrey Hakanson struck out two in the sixth inning. He was then relieved by redshirt junior left-hander Jaylyn Whitehead in the eighth before junior right-hander Liam Silvagnoli closed it out in the ninth.

Junior center fielder Ray Alejo started the game off with a big hit, delivering a triple down the right field line. Senior first baseman Tyler Osik then followed with a single to give the Knights an early 1-0 lead. Osik later came in from second on an RBI single to right by junior third baseman Dallas Beaver. 

UCF added a run in the third before picking up two more in the seventh. Senior second baseman Matthew Mika hit a one-out triple down the left field line to set up an RBI opportunity for Beaver.

Beaver came through with a two-run home run, bringing his season total to six.

“I think now I’m a little more selective, a little more on time," Beaver said. "I’ve changed a few things in my swing to make sure I can be on time and I think those things have really helped me get the ball in the air and hard."

UCF returns to John Euliano Park Friday, opening a three-game weekend series with UConn. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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