March 27, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Riding a five-game winning streak, the UCF baseball team will look to maintain its spot atop the American Athletic Conference standings when it hosts Temple beginning Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The Knights (14-12) and Owls (7-10) continue the series Saturday at 4 p.m. while wrapping up with a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m.
A battle of aces is set for Friday night as LHP Eric Skoglund (3-0, 1.76 ERA) will square off with righty Matt Hockenberry (3-0, 2.10 ERA). The conference leader in strikeouts, Skoglund earned his second-consecutive American Pitcher of the Week award after becoming the first Knight to toss back-to-back complete games since 2003.
Friday night's contest will also serve as Country Knight as fans are encouraged to dress in their best county gear. Four suite tickets will be given away to the Darius Rucker concert at CFE Arena on April 24.
Saturday evening's matchup on the mound will feature righty Tanner Olson (2-1, 3.43 ERA) going head-to-head with Owls RHP Preston Hill (0-3, 5.40 ERA). Olson will make his first weekend start for the Knights this season. Sunday will feature to-be-determined starters for both teams.
The Knights kept their winning streak going as they stifled Bethune-Cookman, 4-1, on Wednesday night with eight pitchers combining for a three-hitter. 1B James Vazquez struck a two-run double to put UCF ahead for good.
All three contests with the Owls can be heard live on UCF All-Access with Bryan Levine on the call. Pregame starts 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
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* This is the 11th all-time meeting between UCF and Temple in baseball, but the first since 2002 #WelcomeBack
* Friday's contest is Country Knight and will feature four tickets being given away to Darius Rucker at CFE Arena #HeyHootie
* UCF is riding a season-high, five-game winning streak and has won seven of its last eight games #StartingToComeTogether
* Eric Skoglund was named The American Pitcher of the Week for the 2nd-straight week after tossing a two-hitter against Cincy #FridayAce
* DH Sam Tolleson hit .571 last week was named Beast of the Week and American Hitter of the Week for his efforts #SteppingUp
* SS Tommy Williams currently leads The American with six home runs #PowerSurge
* After sweeping Cincinnati last weekend, UCF swept the weekly league awards for the first time since 2004 #Brooms
* RHP Jarrod Petree has rebounded from Tommy John and has spun seven-consecutive scoreless outings #DontCallItAComeback
* OF Erik Barber leads the team with 24 RBIs after recording just 9 RBIs the first two years of his career #ComingIntoHisOwn
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