Central Florida scored seven unanswered runs during the middle three innings to complete the season-opening series sweep of Siena Baseball 7-2 in Orlando. Sophomore third baseman Brian Kelly homered in defeat for the Saints.
Siena (0-3) took a 2-0 lead through the first three and a half innings. Kelly, who finished 2-for-2 in the contest, opened the scoring with his solo blast in the second. The Saints tacked on a run on a double play groundout, scoring freshman designated hitter Alex Brickman in the fourth. The Saints hit into three double plays on the afternoon.
UCF (3-0) delivered a pair of sacrifice flies to knot the score in the home half of the fourth, and then went in front on an RBI single by Eli Putnam in the fifth. The Knights then added a four-spot in the sixth, capped by a two-run home run by the leadoff hitter Putnam who finished with three hits and three RBI in the contest.
Senior captain Chris Amorosi tossed the first four innings, allowing just two hits and two runs (one earned), while walking three and striking out three in his season debut. Sophomore righthander Tom Sutera hurled the next three innings in relief, and was saddled with the loss.
Five UCF relievers combined to scatter just two hits and allow only four baserunners in five scoreless innings of relief.
Siena continues its season-opening eight-game swing through the Sunshine State when the Saints open a two-game midweek series at Stetson Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in DeLand, Florida.