May 17, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - Thursday's opening game of the Rice-UCF baseball series has been suspended in the top of the fifth inning due to weather conditions in the Orlando area.
The game is scheduled to resume Friday at 3 pm Eastern Time (2 pm Central Time) with UCF holding an 8-3 lead. The Owls are batting with two outs and the bases loaded. The second game of the series is scheduled to begin one hour the completion of game one.
UCF jumped on the scoreboard with a big five-run inning in the bottom of the third. The Knights loaded the bases on a walk, single and hit batsman. Shortstop Darnell Sweeney drove in two with a double to left-center. Chris Taladay followed with a two-run single, and he was able to advance an extra station when the Owls made a fielding error handling the ball. Taladay scored an unearned run on a single by D.J. Hicks that extended the lead to 5-0.
The Knights then added three more unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth after a Rice fielding error. The big blow was a three-run double by Alex Friedrich to make it 8-0, where half the scores were unearned.
Rice came back with three runs in the top of the fifth. Geoff Perrott and Michael Aquino knocked back-to-back doubles to left to lead it off. Aquino went to third on a ground-out to the right side and scored on an RBI grounder by J.T. Chargois. Michael Ratterree walked and Jeremy Rathen doubled down the left-field line for another score.
Umpires cleared the UCF facility when lightning began to strike in the area. Heavy rains followed, suspending play until Friday afternoon.
The winner of this three-game series wins the C-USA regular season championship.