Troy State baseball suffers sixth straight A-Sun loss

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 17, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. – The UCF baseball team took a pair of games from Troy State, 7-1 and 6-2,

to complete a three-game sweep in Atlantic Sun Conference action at Jay Bergman Field on Saturday.

In the day,s first game, Troy State took a 1-0 lead in the second when Brian Lipman belted his team-leading sixth home run of the season. Lipman, who took extra batting practice before the game, went 1-for-3. The homer was his fourth in his last 17 at bats.

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UCF responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning and three more in the fourth to claim a 4-1 advantage. The Golden Knights got three more runs off Trojan starter Justin Eason (1-4), who lasted all six innings and threw the first complete game of the season for Troy State. He also struck out four while giving up eight hits.

Troy State had its opportunities but left seven men on base and managed just three hits in the final five innings off Michael (2-2), who threw his first complete game of the season. Shortstop Wes Kelley made his third start of the season and went 1-for-3 with a career-high four putouts and five assists.

In the first inning, Coby Smith started the game off by being hit by UCF starter Mark Michael. Smith was then picked off and, in an attempt to steal, appeared to dislocate his left shoulder when he slid head first into second base.

The second game saw Troy State get on the board first as the Trojans pushed two runs across in the top of the second. Lipman reached on a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a Lincoln Mincks wild pitch. UCF catcher George Cox attempted to throw Lipman out at third, but his throw sailed into left field and allowed Lipman to score. Al Stephens scored from second on a Jacob Forrest single to give the Trojans their second run. Stephens went 2-for-3 with a double and collected his sixth multi-hit game of the season.

Again UCF would come back. This time it was with a run in the second and four in the third. A final run in the fifth provided the final margin as the Golden Knights won their ninth consecutive game over the Trojans.

Marcus Bell (2-5) lasted only 2.1 innings and was saddled with his second consecutive loss. Doug Atkins came on in relief and struck out two while allowing one run on two hits in 3.2 innings. Mincks (3-2) went the distance for UCF and struck out three while scattering four hits.

Troy State drops to 8-14 and 0-6 in conference play while UCF improves to 13-11 and 3-0.