Stetson (20-9) took a 3-2 lead into the ninth before falling to UCF (16-13) in extra innings.
The triple play came in the eighth. The Hatters put runners at first and second with no outs. Jeremy Cruz then lined a shot off the leg of the pitcher that stayed in the air and was caught by the second baseman, Dwayne Bailey. Since the runners had been going, Bailey doubled up the runner at second and then threw to first to complete the rare triple play. It was the first time Stetson had hit into a triple play since April 27, 2001.
In the ninth, UCF’s Tyson Auer singled home Eric Kallstrom for the tying run with two outs, sending the game to extra innings. Pinch-hitter Steve Stropp scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the 11th to give UCF the victory.
The Hatters put two men on in the bottom of the 11th but were unable to answer against reliever Justin Weiss (2-0).
Adam Tindle’s base hit with two outs in the fifth scored Kevin Johnson to give Stetson a 3-2 lead. Johnson reached on a scratch hit and stole second to set up Tindle’s run-scoring single.
The Hatters took a 2-0 first inning lead on RBI singles from Braedyn Pruitt and Aaron Crittenden.
UCF scored a run in the second on Eric Kallstrom’s single. They tied it in the top of the fifth when Tyson Auer doubled in Kallstrom.
Starter Robbie Donovan turned in his second straight solid Tuesday night start and left with the lead. He beat
Brian Pruitt and Aaron Crittenden each turned in multi-hit nights for the Hatters.
Stetson hits the road for a weekend series in