Following their loss to the Gators, JU headed to Orlando to take on UCF.
Dolphins’ ace, Chris Anderson, was on the mound in the Friday night series opener and he did not disappoint, leading JU to a 4-0 victory.
Anderson was slated against the Knights’ ace, Ben Lively. The pitching duel was all it was stacked up to be. The game was a lot closer than the final score of 4-0.
JU struck first in the sixth when Drew Luther doubled to right, scoring Michael Babb from first.
That was all the support Anderson would need as he shut down the Knights all night long. Anderson went 8 innings, allowing just four hits while striking out 10 UCF batters.
Lively was replaced in the top of the ninth after going eight strong innings, allowing just one unearned run and striking out 11.
JU took advantage of the pitching change, striking for three runs in the top half of the inning and giving closer Drew Woods some breathing room.
Brady North singled and advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Braddock Rowe. Dylan Dillard was brought on to pinch run for North. Dillard then scored on a RBI single from Alex McRae. Nathan Koslowski doubled, putting runners on second and third for the Dolphins. Kris Molter then singled, plating both McRae and Koslowski and giving JU a 4-0 lead that they would hold onto.
On Saturday, the Dolphins didn’t fair as well as the previous night.
JU opened the scoring in the top of the second. Koslowski led off with a walk, followed by a Molter single and an Ethan Loosen sacrifice. Loosen was able to reach on a throwing error loading the bases. Zac Houck lifted a fly ball to right, scoring Koslowski on the sacrifice fly.
UCF struck back immediately, getting two runs in the bottom half of the second for a 2-1 lead.
The Knights added three more runs in the fifth making their lead 5-1 on their way to a 5-2 victory.
The series came to Jacksonville for the final game of the three-game weekend set.
UCF struck first in the top of the fourth, grabbing an early 1-0 lead on an unearned run.
JU answered back in the bottom of the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead. Rowe singled, followed by a single by Luther, putting runners on first and second. Schaub then walked, loading the bases for Loosen who singled to right, plating Rowe and Luther.
UCF came right back in the fifth with another unearned run, making it 2-2. The Knights got a pair of runs in the sixth thanks to yet another unearned run and an Austin Johnson home run, taking a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Dolphins loaded the bases on walks to Luther, Loosen and Schaub. Molter then sent the 2-2 offering to right, scoring Luther and Loosen tying the game at 4.
UCF regained the lead in the top of the ninth on a pair of doubles, giving them a 6-4 lead going into the last frame.
The Knights retired JU in order in the ninth to take the win and the series.
Next up, the Dolphins travel to Bethune Cookman on Wednesday before returning home to host East Carolina beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.