March 14, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - It was another dominant Friday night performance from LHP Eric Skoglund as the junior set a career-high with 11 strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Central Connecticut State at the UCF Baseball Complex. The Knights (8-11) saw their ace toss his first-career complete game as well as his first shutout in a spectacular effort.
Skoglund did a great job when we needed it the most, head coach Terry Rooney said after the game. That's what pitching on Friday night is all about. We needed a dominant performance and I thought he got better and his command got better as the game went on. He picked our team up and did a great job.
Coming into the game with just a .190 batting average against, Skoglund went the distance and scattered three hits to go along with his 11 punchouts. The Sarasota native struck out the side in the fourth and eighth innings and closed the game with back-to-back Ks. Skoglund pushed his record for the season to 2-0, and owns a 2.19 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 2014.
Skoglund's gem was backed by the Knights' offense, which exploded for 10 runs for the second time in three games. Junior Derrick Salberg returned to the lineup for the first time in two weeks and provided a spark at the top of the order with three RBIs.
Salberg is a great player and he's having a great year, Rooney said. Prior to his injury, offensively he was one of our most productive players. You can see that he can do a lot of different things for us. He had the three RBIs tonight, but he can run and do some different things at the plate.
UCF broke the game open on the Blue Devils (1-1) in the sixth inning. Taking advantage of extra chances provided by a few Central Connecticut State defensive miscues, the Knights put up six runs on four hits, including an RBI single from freshman Eugene Vazquez. The run batted in was the first of the Orlando native's career.
Junior Dylan Moore also came away with an RBI single in the sixth and finished his day 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native has been a fixture in the leadoff spot for the Knights as he leads the squad in hits (22), stolen bases (6) and multi-hit games (10).
Erik Barber gave the crowd a thrill in the eighth with an RBI triple off the wall in left-center. Barber, who closed the scoring for the Knights by scampering home later in the inning on a wild pitch, leads the team with 18 RBIs.
Game two between UCF and Central Connecticut State will take place Saturday afternoon with a 4 p.m. first pitch. Junior Spencer Davis will take the mound for the Knights.
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