June 5, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 20 UCF (46-17) avoided elimination in dramatic fashion as it defeated No. 24 Oklahoma State (38-24) 12-9 on Ryan Bono’s three-run, walk-off home run at Dick Howser Stadium on Saturday night. Darren Newlin (5-0) earned the win after working the final 3.1 innings in relief. Newlin allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Bono tallied five RBI on the night while Dee Brown scored four runs in the win. The Golden Knights will face top-seeded Florida State in the Regional Championship Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Oklahoma State took an early lead by the score of 1-0 in the top of the first. Ty Wright reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on Josh Fields’ 21st double of the season. Jason Jaramillo’s RBI-groundout plated Wright from third to put the Cowboys on the board first.
The Golden Knights answered with two runs in the home half of the first to go ahead 2-1. Clay Timpner led off the inning with a double into right center, moved to third on Matt Ray’s sacrifice bunt and later scored UCF’s first run on Brown’s RBI-double. Bono’s single plated Brown for the go ahead run.
The Cowboys tied the game at two apiece with one run in the top of the second. Pete Incaviglia reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score on Rod Allen’s double to right center.
UCF regained the lead at 3-2 in the second. David Mann doubled and scored on Jon Cooper’s RBI-single to left.
After the Golden Knights scored one run in the fourth, they added two more runs in the fifth to make the score 6-2. Brown ripped his second double of the game to lead off the fifth, moved to third on Bono’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Marshall Bernhard followed with a walk and scored all the way from first when Chandler Rose crushed an RBI-double into right center to give Central Florida a four run lead.
The Cowboys put two runners on after consecutive hit by pitches in the top of the sixth. Scott Kirby and Thomas Incaviglia were both hit by Taylor Meier and each moved up a base on Rod Allen’s sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third, Rusty Ryal reached on a throwing error by Meier which allowed Kirby and Incaviglia to score. Wright followed with an RBI-double to cut UCF’s lead to 6-5.
UCF and Oklahoma State traded runs over the sixth and seventh innings as the Golden Knights’ lead would stay at one. Timpner belted his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot over the fence in right, to push the Golden Knights’ lead back to two at 7-5. OSU came right back to add a single run in the seventh on Allen’s RBI-single which made the score of 7-6.
The Golden Knights put two more runs on the board in the eighth and seemed to have a big enough cushion, but Oklahoma State fought its way back to tie the game at nine apiece with three runs in the ninth. After a pair of singles from Keanon Simon and Mario Matulich, Allen drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs and a 1-2 count, Ryal hit a bases clearing three-run double into center field to tie the game and give the Cowboys new life.
In the bottom of the 10th with two runners on, OSU pitcher Travis Ingle gave up a three-run homer to Bono to advance UCF into the Regional Championship game Sunday afternoon.
Travis Ingle (0-3) took the loss for Oklahoma State after giving up three runs on one hit in 1.1 innings of work. Ingle struck out one and walked three in the loss.
Bono led the Golden Knight offense going 3-for-6 with five RBI and a run scored. Brown also scored four runs for the UCF offense.
UCF and Florida State will meet in the Regional Championship at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 6th. The game will be carried live on the Sunshine Network.