The Knights (26-7, 7-2 in C-USA) won the weekend series 2-1 and held on to first place in the Conference USA standings.
UCF got off to a rough start in the series, racking up five errors during an 11-4 loss to the Blazers Friday night. The Knights bounced back with a 7-3 win Saturday and needed a big win over UAB (19-14, 3-6 in C-USA) Sunday.
UAB jumped out to a 4-0 lead Sunday, but the Knights scored six runs in the third inning to claim a 6-4 advantage. UCF added one run in the fourth, then UAB tacked on two in the fifth and another in the eighth to tie the game.
The Blazers seemed poised to break the tie at the top of the ninth inning, but CF Ronnie Richardson chased a double off the wall in left center and relayed it Darnell Sweeney. Sweeney caught the ball and quickly delivered it to catcher Ryan Breen, tagging UAB’s Tyler Mims to end the inning and the Blazers’ shot at a win.
Chris Taladay, Travis Breen and Shreve led the Knights with three hits apiece, while Richardson tied a school record by being hit by a pitch three times during Sunday’s game. Closer Joe Rogers earned the win, improving to 4-0 this season.
The Knights celebrated the big win and Woods’ clutch game-winning hit by serving him a shaving cream pie to the face.
UCF hosts Florida A&M Tuesday and Bethune-Cookman Wednesday. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.