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Three-Game Set in Hattiesburg Awaits No. 13 Baseba
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April 12, 2012

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By Eric DeSalvo

Game Notes - USMGet Acrobat Reader

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - With two midweek wins under its belt, the No. 13 UCF baseball team ventures on the road to Hattiesburg, Miss., for a weekend series at Southern Miss beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. EDT. The two squads will tango once again on Saturday at 4 p.m. and wrap up the three-game set Sunday at 12:30.

The Knights (28-7, 7-2) and Golden Eagles (19-13, 3-3) have had some interesting weekend battles the past two years. In 2010, UCF swept USM on the road in a series that featured two one-run games. Last year, the Golden Eagles returned the favor in Orlando with a sweep of their own.

Life on the road has been good to the Knights this year as the team has compiled a 7-1 record, including a 5-0 road trip that featured wins at Florida Atlantic, a series sweep at Houston and a 4-1 triumph at No. 7 Miami.

Head coach Terry Rooney will stick with the same weekend rotation that has produced a 5-1 record the past two weeks. Brian Adkins (2-1, 4.23 ERA) will get the nod Friday, followed by Chris Matulis (4-0, 2.36 ERA) on Saturday and Ray Hanson (2-1, 2.79 ERA) on Sunday.

UCF, tied for second in the nation with 28 wins, improved its record this week by outscoring Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman by a combined score of 22-5. The Knights began the week with a NCAA RPI rating at No. 15 and appear atop many statistical categories in C-USA, including hits (357), RBI (233), runs scored (247) and ERA (2.86).

Probable Starters (UCF first)
Friday: LHP Brian Adkins (2-1, 4.23 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Pierce (4-2, 2.22 ERA)
Saturday: LHP Chris Matulis (4-0, 2.36 ERA) vs. LHP Jake Drehoff (5-0, 3.31 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Ray Hanson (2-1, 2.79 ERA) vs. TBD

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