April 14, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Following the most effective outing of his career, UCF right-hander Ryan Meyer earned American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors Monday afternoon, the league office announced. It is the first time Meyer has taken home a weekly award in his career.
The 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore is the second Knight to earn a weekly pitching honor from The American this year, joining three-time winner Eric Skoglund. Meyer is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA on the year.
Just the sixth pitcher in program history to earn pitcher of the week laurels, Meyer got the ball against No. 20 Miami last Wednesday and allowed just one hit in two innings of work to go along with three strikeouts. Meyer was removed after two frames to set up the first weekend start of his career.
The Oviedo native started on Sunday at Memphis and tossed a career-high 6.2 shutout innings and also racked up a career-best 6 strikeouts. With the 2-1 series victory, UCF holds the conference lead alone at 10-2.
It has been a long and challenging road for Meyer to get to this point. A 32nd round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2011, injuries wiped out his entire true freshman and redshirt freshman seasons. After a lengthy rehab, Meyer made his collegiate debut out of the bullpen on March 12. After five relief appearances, he was moved into a midweek starting role and now could be a fixture on the weekend moving forward.
The Knights will host Florida A&M in Tuesday midweek action before a big conference weekend series against No. 10 Louisville beginning on Thursday.