UCF senior shuts out Herd on short notice
ORLANDO -- Brian Adkins learned four hours before game time that he would start the deciding game in the Marshall-UCF Conference USA series at Jay Bergman Field.
Getting the news on such short notice didn't bother the senior left-hander. He tossed a three-hit shutout as the Knights (22-19, 8-7 C-USA) blanked the Thundering Herd, 11-0, in the run-ruled seven-inning contest Sunday. He struck out four and walked none in the second complete game of his career.
Adkins became the first UCF pitcher since Tim Bascom on April 7, 2006, to throw a complete-game shutout, and first to toss a three-hitter since Nick Cicio back in 2010.
Adkins got plenty of support. The Knights had three players with multiple hits and finished with 10 in six innings. It was the first regular-season run-ruled win for UCF since May 15, 2011 at UAB.
UCF's Chris Taladay had a single to center in the third to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. It was career hit No. 254 and moved him a tie for sixth on the school's all-time hit list with Tony Marrillia (1992-95).
The Knights scored four runs in the third and three each in the fourth and fifth. James Vasquez had two hits and drove in three runs on the day. Parker Webster also knocked in three runs for the Knights.
Chase Vogelbach, Isaac Ballou and Nathan Gomez had a hit apiece for the Herd (14-24, 4-8 C-USA).
Marshall returns to action Wednesday against Ohio at Epling Field in Beckley. Game time is 3 p.m. The Herd and Tulane hook up in a C-USA series this weekend at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.
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