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Herd baseball falls to UCF

Apr. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ORLANDO -- UCF pitchers Ben Lively and Spencer Davis handcuffed Marshall Thundering Herd bats Saturday in the Knights; 3-1 baseball victory at Jay Bergman Field.

Lively (6-3) outdueled Marshall ace Aaron Blair (5-3) in a matchup of top pitchers.

"Ben did a terrific job, and their pitcher did a great job as well," said UCF head coach Terry Rooney. "Those are probably two of the best pitchers in the country going at it every single pitch."

Lively went 7.2 innings, allowing seven hits and one run while recording nine strikeouts. Davis pitched the final 1.1 innings to notch his fourth save of the season.

Blair gave up six hits and all three runs. He walked four and struck out eight in seven innings.

UCF (21-19) squared its Conference USA record at 7-7.

Gomez and Alfredo Brito singled for Marshall in the eighth inning. Davis came out of the UCF bullpen and induced an infield out that left both runners stranded. Davis finished the game by striking out all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning.

The Herd's seven hits included two each by Dundon and Gomez.

Marshall (14-23, 4-7 C-USA) won the series opener Friday night.

The teams play again Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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