May 19, 2014
By Dan Forcella
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF baseball team is set to take part in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship this week at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Knights (34-22) finished league play 17-7 and will be the second seed in the eight-team tournament.
The tournament will be split into two pools of four teams with the winner of each pool playing in Sunday's final. UCF will open pool play against seventh-seed UConn on Wednesday at 11 a.m., then take on sixth-seeded Temple on Thursday at 7 p.m., and finish with third-seeded Houston on Friday at 7 p.m.
All information regarding the conference championship can be found at The American's Championship Central page.
The 2014 American Athletic Conference Tournament will be held at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The 8,500 seat stadium is the home of the Clearwater Threshers, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The tournament will be held from May 21-25, with pool player over the first four days and the championship taking place on Sunday. The official practices and opening ceremonies will be on Tuesday, May 20.
All-session and single-session tickets are available through the Clearwater Threshers' online ticket service.
All games of the tournament will be broadcast live on AM 740 The Game with Marc Daniels on the call.
All three games of pool play will be live and for free on the American Digital Network with Garrett Walvoord and Jeff Brightwell on the call. Sunday's championship game will be live on ESPNU.
- UCF vs. UConn - Watch on American Digital Network
- UCF vs. Temple - Watch on American Digital Network
- UCF vs. Houston - Watch on American Digital Network
Live Stats will be provided all week long by the conference by going to: http://sidearmstats.com/theamerican/baseball/
* The UCF baseball team finished The American regular season 17-7 to earn the second seed in this week's championship. The Knights will take on #7 UConn, #6 Temple, and #3 Houston in Pool Play.
* The Knights will aim to win their seventh conference tournament title, having won six from 1993-2002 as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
* UCF would earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a championship, but the Knights are also looking to build their at-large berth resume. UCF has reached the D-1 NCAA Tournament 11 times, most recently in 2012.
* The Knights will be looking to put last season's tournament performance behind them. UCF went into the Conference USA Tournament as the fifth seed and lost three straight games, scoring only one run in each.
* Only nine players on this year's roster saw action in last season's conference tournament. UCF's ace in 2014, Eric Skoglund, pitched just 1.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit in 2013.
* The Last conference tournament title for the Knights came in 2002, when UCF won three straight games over Troy, Stetson, and FAU en route to an A-Sun Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
* UCF swept Temple in the regular season, but lost two-of-three games to both Houston and UConn.