ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - After a sweep of LIU Brooklyn, UCF continues a seven-match homestand on Wednesday against No. 5 Miami at 6:30 p.m. The Knights are facing their second Top-5 opponent this season.
The matchup on the mound features junior righty Juan Pimentel (0-2, 7.63 ERA, 7 K) going up against the Hurricanes' right-hander Jessie Lepore (2.41 ERA, 2-0, 15 K). The Knights are set to make a return trip to Coral Gables on April 13.
Junior first baseman Austin Griffin was selected to The American Honor Roll on March 14 after a stellar week for UCF (10-7). The Keller, Texas, native blasted three homers including grand slam and drove in eight runs, while posting a 1.025 slugging pct.
Miami (13-3) is ranked as high as No. 5 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll after taking a series, 2-1, at ACC-foe Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes also have notable wins over Stetson, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Rutgers.
The Knights round out a seven-game homestand with contests against Brown at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday. UCF faces Bradley on Saturday with the first-pitch set for 4 p.m.
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? Junior Austin Griffin registered his second grand slam of the season in the series finale vs. LIU. He totaled six hits, seven runs and eight RBI to earn a spot on the @American_BSB Honor Roll last week. #GrandSlamGriff
? After finishing a nine-game stretch with eight on the road, the Knights are continuing a seven-game homestand on Wednesday vs No. 5 Miami. #BackHome
? The scoreless stretch for junior Robby Howell to start the season came to an end after 24. 1 innings during the sixth frame vs. LIU on Saturday. The righty has posted a 3-0 mark with a 0.34 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 27.0 innings of work. #ShutoutStretch
? A total of 22 runs have been driven in by junior Austin Griffin to pace the Knights. He has also tallied a team-best seven doubles and four homers. The first baseman registered a career-high 16 putouts in the series opener vs. LIU. #BigGriff
? #UCF boasts the second-highest fielding pct., in the league at .974 and has turned 15 double plays on the season, which includes three in the series finale at Rice. #ToughUpTheMiddle
? Sophomore Cre Finfrock has a 1-1 mark and 3.33 ERA, but has fanned 36 in 27.0 innings of work. Opposing hitters have just a .187 average facing the righty. #Finfrocking
? Junior Trent Thompson has logged 15.1 innings and is 1-1 with a relief victory against LIU. He allowed only three runs in a start at No. 1 Florida. He also tossed 5.1 frames of relief in a mid-week matchup with North Florida. #SteppingUp
? Sophomore walk-on David Phrathep stepped up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning and put the ball in play to lift the Knights, 4-3, in the series opener vs. LIU #WalkonWalkingOff
? Freshman catcher Anthony George blasted his first-career homer to cap a four-run second inning that highlighted UCF's 5-2 win over LIU #HittingOneOut