ORLANDO, Fla. - The Columbia baseball team edged UCF by a
5-4 score Saturday evening at Ray Bergman Field to even the four-game series
Columbia (1-7) halted UCF’s five-game winning streak as the
Lions recorded 11 hits while holding the Knights (12-8) to just seven thanks to
strong pitching. Thomas Crispi earned his first win of the season, letting up
one run on one hit and one strikeout in 1.1 innings of work. Alex Black earned
the save with no runs and two strikeouts, and starter Tim Giel struck out nine
in six innings of work. Aaron Silbar went 3-for-4 with three hits and one run
to lead the Lions offensively.
Serena started off the game with a leadoff double and later
scored as Williams, Ferraresi and Black took advantage of UCF walks to give the
Lions an early 2-0 lead.
Giel held UCF scoreless through five, but the Knights broke
through with a three-run sixth, sparking a back-and-forth game over the next
several innings. UCF went ahead as Parker Webster hit a two-run double to give
the Knights a 3-2 advantage.
The Lions battled right back to regain the lead with two
runs in the seventh. Serena drew a walk and Crucet singled to left field as
Ferraresi sent them both to the plate with a two-run single to put Columbia back
in front, 4-2.
UCF answered with another run in the bottom of the seventh to
even the score, four-all. Tommy Walker drew a leadoff walk and scored after
James Vasquez singled and advanced to second based due to a Columbia throwing
An RBI single by Serena in the top of the eighth put the
Lions ahead for good as Black finished out the last 1 2/3 innings to notch his
first save of the season.
Columbia will look for its second straight win in the third
game of the series tomorrow, March 17 at 1 p.m.