With the bases loaded and two outs, a routine fly ball off the bat of Matt Woods fell into the glove of UCF center fielder John Rhys Plumlee. It ended the top of the seventh inning and squandered the best opportunity Maryland had for a late rally. The Terps fell in the series opener at John Euliano Park by a final of 4-2.
The Terps were able to strike first in this one behind a well-placed bunt down the third base line by Matt Woods to make it a 1-0 game. Jason Savacool got the start on the mound and cruised through the first two innings before running into trouble in the third.
After a hit batter and a wild pitch, the Knights had a runner in scoring position and were able to capitalize, as Andrew Brait lined a double into the gap to even the score. Brait would then score on an error to give UCF a 2-1 lead.
UCF added to their lead in the fourth inning with a solo shot from Nick Romano, but the Terps would quickly respond. In the top of the fifth, Luke Shliger lifted a fly ball to the opposite field that carried over the left field wall and got Maryland back within one.
Savacool was sharp on the mound once again. The junior right-hander struck out a season-high 10 batters through six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on just four hits. But UCF starter Ruddy Gomez was able to outlast him, logging eight innings of work while only allowing two runs.
After scoring on an RBI single by Andrew Sundean, the Knights had bases loaded in the eighth and were threatening to break the game open. A line drive off the bat of Corey Robinson appeared headed for the gap in right centerfield, but Matt Woods made a leaping grab to end the inning and keep the deficit at 4-2 for the Terps. Maryland, however, would go down in order in the ninth.
Maryland outhit UCF, 8-7, but were unable to string several hits together, leaving eight men on base. The Terps will look to even the series tomorrow evening with Nick Dean on the mound.