Scouting Report On UCF And Q&A with Frank Anderson

The Cowboys will open the NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional on Friday at 2 p.m. when they take on the University of Central Florida. UCF is 44-16 on the season and is dominated by good pitching. The team ERA is 2.97 and the Cowboys should expect to see Matt Fox on Friday.

Fox is a hard thrower with three solid pitches, fastball, slider, changeup. He is 12-2 on the season with a 1.84 era. In 98 innings he has given up 64 hits, walked 29, and struck out 112. The other alternative is Kyle Bono, who is 8-1 with a 1.83 era. The top reliever is Darren Newlin, who is 4-0 with a 2.47 era.

Offensively, UCF is average scoring just under six runs a game. They have a team batting average of .302, but onlyhave 22 homers on the season. Clay Timpner is the top hitter with a .381 average and a team leading 16 doubles, five home runs and 29 RBI. Dee Brown is hitting .356 with four homers and 55 RBI. Ryan Bono is solid with a .328 batting average.

The key for the Cowboys is solving the Knights pitching and scoring runs.

Here is a brief Q&A on the Regional with O-State Head Coach Frank Anderson.

OSSR: What did you think about the regional assignment?

Anderson: We had no idea going in where they would send us. We knew we were in from winning the Big 12 Tournament, but had no idea. I thought we would be a two seed. We're excited about playing and Tallahassee is fine. You can always read too much into this thing and find a place that you think might be easier, but one thing I do know about Central Florida is that they have great pitching. It's going to be a tough matchup.

OSSR: Speaking of pitching, have you decided who you will go with on the mound on Friday?

Anderson: We'll look and see where they are at (physically), and get some scouting reports to find out more about Central Florida and the other teams in the regional. We'll look at the scouting reports to find out how they do against righthanders and lefthanders. We obviously don't know much about them, but what we find out will make a difference in our decision on who to start.

OSSR: Would you rather have been assigned a regional closer to home?

Anderson: Honestly, I kind of wanted to go aways away. I'm not sure that we're not better when we go off somewhere and we're an unknown, so to speak. That doesn't hurt me at all. I think we'll go down there and just worry about playing baseball. We'll just go to Tallahassee and play and have some fun.

OSSR: Florida State will be tough as the home team.

Anderson: It's kind of neat, they have great fans and the tomahawk chop. They get after it, and we play pretty good in venues like that. The only thing is it is a smallish ballpark and I'd rather be in a bigger ballpark pitching wise. I've talked to the team after the Big 12 Tournament win that we're not done yet, and that regardless of where we go and who we have to play we have some more baseball to play.

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