Hitting it out of the park, UCF freshman Griffin Bernardo (34) drives the ball into left field during the game against Stetson University April 3 at John Euliano Park. With two men on, Bernardo's home run brought the score to 3-1 in the bottom of the third. The Knights went on to beat the Hatters 4-1.  

The UCF Knights took on the Stetson Hatters for the second time this season, but this time came out on top winning 4-1. 

After a loss against the Hatters earlier in the season, the Knights used various strategies to come away with the win. Junior Jordan Spicer said his personal strategy for this game was to “just be on the attack at all times and don’t give them a chance to get back into this game at all.” Spicer came on the mound in the fourth inning and pitched three perfect innings, facing just nine batters and getting them all out.

In first inning, the Knights offense came out the gate with a single to the left field by junior Matthew Mika, who also stole second base while sophomore designated hitter Dallas Beaver was at the plate. 

In the bottom of the third, freshman third baseman Griffin Bernardo blasted a three-run home run over the left field wall, giving the Knights a 3-1 lead. 

“Bernardo is a strong kid. He’s still learning how to hit, still learning this game, and you see flashes of stuff like tonight that he can monster a ball out of here,” head coach Greg Lovelady said.

Redshirt sophomore center fielder Ray Alejo would continue the momentum with an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the fourth, making the score 4-1. 

“I knew that we had to have a good game of baseball to beat them,” Bernardo said. And that’s just what the Knights did from the second inning until the close of the game. 

The Knights will be taking a trip up to the cold this weekend to compete against the Connecticut Huskies in Storrs, Conn. in an American Athletic Conference clash.  

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