UCF Baseball Series Recap and Preview

The Knights spilt the weekend series with VCU and will now head to the Bayou to face the #1 ranked team in the country, LSU.

The Knights opening series versus the VCU Rams had its share of ups and downs. They started off in grand fashion with an impressive 10-2 win on opening night, but then blew a 6-2 lead and a 9-7 lead in game 2, and fell just short 10-9. Game 3 turned into a homerun derby but the Knights had the last laugh in a 12-6 victory. The series finale did not go as planned as the Knights just couldn't get their bats going, despite several hard hit balls, and the Knights ultimately fell 8-3.

Coach Rooney was very impressed with the way thing went overall though.

"When you look at the weekend series, first of all the effort from our kids was tremendous," Rooney stated proudly. "The intensity was there all weekend for four games."


VCU what we learned

UCF: DJ Hicks had a less than stellar series at the plate going 0-6 and struggled with all off speed pitches. From the mound he pitched well and showed good command of the strike zone allowing 2 earned runs in four innings.

VCU: Doug Otto, was as good as advertised as his quick bat provided big time offense for VCU, he hit .529 in the series and drove in five runs.

Prediction:

UCF did get the opening day victory, but only managed a series split


LSU Series

With the series versus VCU now over, the Knights will now turn their attention to the number one ranked Tigers. This will be a particularly big game for coach Rooney as he was an assistant at LSU last year and played a major role in getting LSU to their current number one ranking.

"I am ready, I am excited to go there," Rooney states with his typical exuberance of energy. "It is a unique opportunity to go there and play the number one ranked team in America."

LSU Tigers (3-0) vs. UCF Knights (2-2)

Series History: LSU leads 13-4

Series Length:
3 games

Game Times:
Friday Feb 27th 8:00pm, Saturday Feb 28th 3:00 pm, Sunday March 1st 2:00pm

What to look for:

Kyle Sweat to get the ball in game one after his impressive opening day performance. He is the Knights ace and has a knack for throwing strikes.

Players to Watch:
UCF:
Justin Weiss, one of the best closers in college baseball coming off a blown save in which he surrendered three runs in the 9th. Should a save opportunity present itself he will get the ball.

LSU: Louis Coleman, LSU's ace will likely pitch against Kyle Sweat on Friday, in what should make for a great pitchers duel. Coleman allowed no runs in five solid innings in a win versus Villanova.

Predictions:
UCF will fight hard and take one, but will lose the series 1-2 against an extremely talented LSU team.


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