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Top 25 Games of 2018-19: #17 - Baseball Wins State Title

UCF Baseball dominated its in-state rivals, sealing up a stellar season with a win at Miami.

Photo: Derek Warden

On May 8th, the UCF Knights baseball team went to Coral Gables to take on 18th-ranked Miami.

The Knights were coming off a come-from-behind win over Bethune-Cookman the night before at home, scoring six runs in the bottom of the 8th to erase a 5-0 deficit and pull out a 6-5 win over the Wildcats, highlighted by Ben McCabe’s bases-clearing double.

The Knights would continue the momentum from the previous outing and jump on the Canes, scoring six runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-1 lead, highlited by Tyler Osik’s home run.

The Hurricanes would mount a comeback, scoring five runs in the 8th inning to pull within 8-6, and then got within 8-7 in the bottom of the 9th with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two out.

UCF called upon Jack Sinclair, who would get the last out and the save the Knights’ 8-7 win over Miami.

The win meant the Knights swept Florida, Florida State and Miami in the same year for the first time since 1985.

Head Coach Greg Lovelady was just relieved that the Knights held on to get the win over his alma mater.