Ronny Richardson homered and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead Central Florida to a 2-1 win over Missouri State in the Coral Gables Regional on Friday.
UCF (44-15) will await the winner of the Miami-Stony Brook game. Missouri State (39-21) will face the loser.
Nick Petree (10-4), Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Division I national player of the year, took the loss for the Bears allowing two runs in eight innings raising his nation-best ERA to 1.01.
Chris Taladay hit a bloop single to right field to break a 1-1 tie scoring Richardson.
Richardson led off the first with a home run, the first of the season given up by Petree.
Kevin Medrano hit an RBI single in the seventh to tie it.
The game was delayed two hours, 14 minutes due to inclement weather in the top of the ninth.