ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF junior righty Robby Howell was selected as the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. He tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a combined shutout at Rice on March 5.
The Fort White, Fla., native has started the season by not allowing a run in 19-consecutive innings during Saturday starts against Siena, Texas State and Rice.
Howell only yielded four hits and struck out three in his outing against the Owls, while forcing seven fly outs and nine ground outs for the Knights' defense that did not commit an error.
"I wanted to come out and give us a good start," Howell said after the game. "We played good defensively and [Brennan] Bozeman made a phenomenal play at short. It was a good team win."
Juniors Campbell Scholl and Drew Faintich each notched a strikeout to end the eighth inning. The second save of the season by senior Harrison Hukari kept the shutout in tact as UCF evened the series at Rice.
The junior pitcher is the Knights' first American Pitcher of the Week since Eric Skoglund was recognized on March 24, 2014, the inaugural season of the league. That week UCF swept the honors with Sam Tolleson earning the recognition as a player.
The Knights round out a stretch with eight of nine games on the road at Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
UCF returns home on Friday to open a three-game series against LIU Brooklyn at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's contest at the UCF Baseball Complex starts at 4 p.m., while the first pitch of the finale on Sunday is set for 1 p.m.