May 21, 2013
By Eric DeSalvo
HOUSTON, Texas (UCFAthletics.com) - The final Conference USA Championship for the UCF baseball team is set to get underway Wednesday afternoon at 12 p.m. EDT when the No. 5 Knights begin pod play against No. 4 Memphis from Reckling Park on the campus of Rice.
It will be the third all-time meeting between the two teams in the C-USA Championship as the Tigers (33-23) won in 2007 and Knights (29-27) returned the favor in 2011. UCF will look to avenge its lone series sweep in C-USA this year when the two teams kickoff the 8-team, two-pod tournament.
The Knights will also battle top-seeded host Rice on Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT and No. 8 UAB Friday at 8 p.m. EDT in their pod. Should they own the best record in the pool, they will advance to Sunday's championship game at 2 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports Network.
UCF will turn to ace RHP Ben Lively (7-4, 1.71 ERA) who suffered a 2-1 loss to the Tigers back on April 5 while pitching a complete game with the two runs coming on wild pitches. The Gulf Breeze native is coming off the best start in his career in which he tossed a four-hit shutout at East Carolina last week.
He will once again be matched up with LHP Sam Moll (8-3, 2.38). The pair on quality arms was recognized by C-USA on Tuesday with Lively earning Second Team All-Conference honors, while Moll landed on the first team.
All of the action from Reckling Park can be seen on the C-USA Digital Network, and Marc Daniels will be calling the opening contest on 740-AM The Game.
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? #UCF appears as the No. 5 seed for the first time in six appearances at their final @ConferenceUSA1 Championship #Finish
? #UCF had 4 earn All-C-USA awards, including Chris Taladay who became the 1st Knight in program history to earn Player of the Year #WellDeserved
? Also honored by the league Tuesday was @E_Hempe (1st Team), @BenLively19 (2nd Team) & Zac Favre (All-Freshman Team) #Decorated
? With 273-career hits, 3B/C Taladay is just three away from Dustin Brisson on the #UCF all-time hit list #Number5Alive
? Taladay's 20-game hit streak, which ranked 4th all-time at #UCF, came to an end, but he has hit safely in 32 of his last 33 contests #Clutch
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