March 17, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Following the most dominant outing of his career, UCF left-hander Eric Skoglund earned American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors Monday afternoon, the league office announced. It is the first time Skoglund has taken home a weekly award in his career.
The 6-foot-7 junior is also the first Knight to earn a weekly honor from The American.
Just the fifth pitcher in program history to earn pitcher of the week laurels, Skoglund tossed a three-hit shutout against Central Connecticut State with one walk and a career-high 11 strikeouts last Friday. Using only 95 pitches, the Sarasota native faced 31 batters and only allowed two runners to get into scoring position.
It was also the first complete-game shutout in Skoglund's three years on campus, and the first nine-inning blanking for a Knights' starting pitcher since Ben Lively accomplished the feat on May 16, 2013, against East Carolina. The dominant performance dropped his batting average against to .171 this year. Skoglund currently leads The American in strikeouts (30) and innings pitching (37).
Junior Tommy Williams was also named to The American honor roll after hitting .368 (7-for-19) during the week with six runs scored, five walks, three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs. It was the third time a Knight has been named to the weekly honor roll as Williams (Feb. 17) and Derrick Salberg (Feb. 24) were also recognized for strong efforts earlier this year.
The Knights will head to Coral Gables on Tuesday to take on Miami in midweek action before returning home and kicking off conference play with a weekend series against Cincinnati.