ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The Knights look to rebound from a tough series vs. Tulane on Tuesday with a trip to No. 17 Florida Atlantic. The first pitch from FAU Stadium is set for 6 p.m.
The pitching matchup features freshman lefty Bryce Tucker (0-1, 5.09 ERA, 13K), who is making his third-straight midweek start, going up against FAU righty David McKay (2-2, 3.00 ERA, 41 K).
The Knights (20-22) and Owls (28-10) met back on April 5 in Orlando and then-No. 12 Florida Atlantic escaped with a 5-0 win in 11 innings. The Knights saw eight pitchers -- Harrison Hukari, Thaddeus Ward, Bryce Tucker, Chris Williams, Eric Hepple, Campbell Scholl, Trent Thompson and Andrew Deramo -- keep FAU scoreless through 10 innings. McKay earned a no-decision in the contest and surrendered two hits over six innings, while striking out four.
UCF takes on conference-rival USF starting on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Tampa. The second game of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, while the finale begins at noon Sunday.
A four-game homestand for the Knights starts on May 4 against Jacksonville at 6:30 p.m. The contest serves as the final Dollar Dog Knight of the season.
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? Freshman lefty Bryce Tucker is set to make his third-straight midweek start for the Knights. He received a no-decision after striking out three over 3.1 innings of work at North Florida. #Southpaw
? In the first meeting with FAU, UCF saw eight pitchers - Harrison Hukari, Thaddeus Ward, Bryce Tucker, Chris Williams, Eric Hepple, Campbell Scholl, Trent Thompson and Andrew Deramo - keep FAU off the scoreboard over the first nine innings. #ThrowingUpZeros
? Junior righty Robby Howell has posted a 1.54 ERA with a 7-1 record and is on the watch list for National Pitcher of the Year. His win total pace @American_BSB and ranks 16th nationally. #WatchingHowell
? The Knights are paced by junior Ryan Crile with 49 hits and 11 stolen bases. Kam Gellinger has added 15 doubles, which is first in the league and tied for 34th in country. A team-best 26 walks have been drawn by junior Luke Hamblin. #OffensiveLeaders
? #UCF boasts the second-highest fielding pct., in @American_BSB at .975 and has turned 43 double plays on the season, which includes four against FAU and ranks eighth in the country. #ToughUpTheMiddle
? Junior Austin Griffin is second in @American_BSB with eight round trippers and 36 RBI, which ranks 97th and 125th nationally, respectively. #BigGriff
? A total of 25 appearances this season and 75 in his career have been made by junior lefty Harrison Hukari. He ranks sixth nationally in pitching appearances and has notched one victory and two saves, while tossing 34.2 frames. #CallToThePen
? Junior righty Juan Pimentel has made four weekend quality starts (1 Saturday, 3 Sunday) and posted a 1.82 ERA during conference, but only has one victory. He has fanned 21 over 29.2 innings of work. #PimentelPhenomenal
? Two outstanding relief outings by junior Trent Thompson helped the Knights win the series vs. USF. Saturday he logged two innings to seal the victory, while a three-inning performance was tallied on Sunday as the Knights held on for a 6-5 win. #ThompsonTremendous
? A 10-game reached base streak has been posted by junior Ryan Crile. Junior Brennan Bozeman, who made his first appearance following an injury on April 23, has reached base safely in each of his last 12 games. #ReachingBase