The stage was set and the path cleared for UCF Baseball to advance to their first ever Super Regional. Through the first two days of the Coral Gables Regional, the Knights were 2-0 and top seeded host Miami had been dispatched by Stony Brook and Missouri State.
However, the wheels came off for a team needing just one win either Sunday or Monday night to advance to play LSU next weekend. UCF lost the first game to fourth seeded Stony Brook 12-5 and then after an early 3-0 lead dropped the Monday winner takes all game to the Seawolves 10-6.
It was the fourth time in program history the Knights lost a regional after starting 2-0. First team All-Conference USA selection D.J. Hicks ended his collegiate career with his third multi-homer game of the season, including the shot that put UCF up 2-0 in the first, but it was not enough.
With a depleted pitching staff, UCF went to Brian Adkins to start and while the junior worked out of early jams he was pulled in the fourth. Chris Matulis came on in relief, but after pitching five innings just two days prior, he gave up three runs in an ineffective 1.1 innings.
Stony Brook became the first team in the country to reach 50 wins and the only fourth seed to advance to next weekend. UCF finished the season at 45-17 and could have the makings of a much different squad in 2013 with guys like Hicks graduating and others such as Joe Rogers and Ronnie Richardson expected to go pro after being selected in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.