June 4, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Returning to the ball park where he started his collegiate career, UCF’s Kevin Richmond drove in a career-high four runs on three hits and scored two more as No. 3 seed UCF defeated second-seeded Oklahoma State University 7-3 on Friday (June 4) in the first game of the Tallahassee Regional.
With the victory, UCF improves to 45-16 on the year and advances to
Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against the winner of the Florida State-Bethune
Cookman contest. Oklahoma State dropped to 37-23 and will face the loser
of the Friday’s second game at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The performance by Richmond, a transfer from Florida State,
a strong pitching outing by Golden Knight starter Matt Fox. The junior
right-hander improved his record to 14-2 by giving up just three
runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of work. The
Cowboys’ Spencer Grogan gave up five runs on ten hits and was saddled
with the loss with his record falling to 12-3.
UCF got on the board with the first run of the regional in the top of
second inning. With two outs, Richmond, the designated hitter, delivered
a double down the left field line. Catcher Drew Butera followed with a
single up the middle to plate Richmond with the first run of the game.
The Knights added a pair of runs in the top of the six inning to
a three-run lead.
Second baseman Matt Ray started the inning with a single up the middle
followed by a double to right field by left fielder Dee Brown. One out
later, third baseman Marshall Bernhard brought in a pair of runs with an
RBI single up the middle.
Richmond highlighted his return to Tallahassee as he produced UCF’s last
four runs. In the sixth he doubled home Bernhard and Chandler Rose. He
put an exclamation point on the afternoon with a two-run home run in the
eighth to give the Knights a 7-0 lead. On the day he was 3-for-4 as part
of Knights’ offensive attack that produced 14 hits.
The Cowboys got their first runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. A
double by Rusty Ryal scored Chris Gutierrez and Jason Jaramillo capped
the scoring with a two-run home runs.