The UCF Knights Baseball team made history on Tuesday night against the North Florida Ospreys, breaking not one, but two school records in their 16-10 victory.
The Knights would start the game trailing after giving up a three-run home run in the top of the first. But they would soon take a lead they would never give up, thanks to a monster performance on offense that also saw them to break the school record for most home runs in a single season.
The original record was 77 home runs, set by the 2010 squad. It took that team 55 games to reach that amount.
It only took this team 44.
But they weren’t done. They hit eight home runs in the game, and broke another school record for most home runs in a single game. The previous record was seven, which happened on three separate occasions, with the last one being in a 2021 game against Memphis.
The Knights ended the game with a season total of 83 home runs.
Leading the way for the Knights was Lex Boedicker.
Boedicker hit three home runs in the game, the first multiple-home run game of his career. His second home run was the home run that broke the season home run record and his third home run was the one that broke the single-game home run record.
Boedicker said after the game he was very happy that he was able to help make history,
“It feels pretty good,” Boedicker said. “I mean, first multi-home run, first three home run game for me. It feels good.”
Boedicker wasn’t the only player to contribute to the barrage. John Rhye Plumlee hit two home runs and Cole Russo hit the first home run of his career. Andrew Sundean, Nick Romano, and Ben McCabe all had multi-hit games.
Overall, it was a great offensive performance, one that made up for a pitching staff that allowed 12 hits and 10 runs.
“We broke the school record for home runs, which is awesome,” Lovelady said. “Proud of our kids... a lot of good today.”
The Knights are now scheduled to begin a two-week road trip, starting with a three-game series against the Tulane Green Wave this coming weekend in New Orleans.
Player of the Game
Lex Boedicker: 3/4, three home runs. seven RBI
Play of the Game
Lex Boedicker’s third home run, which set a new single-game home run record.