April 10, 2014
By Andrew Jennette
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF baseball team wraps up a stretch of seven out of eight road games this weekend when it plays a three-game set at Memphis for the first time as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
The Knights (20-14, 8-1 The American) currently sit on top of the league standings with the Tigers (18-16, 3-6) checking in eighth place.
All three games can be heard live on UCF's All-Access subscription service. Pregame starts at 15 minutes prior to each contest.
This weekend is a matchup of two teams trending in opposite directions. The Black and Gold have come on strong of late, winning 13 of their past 16 games. The Tigers will try and stem a recent slide, with eight losses in their past ten games after getting off to a hot start to the season.
UCF will send Eric Skoglund (5-0, 1.83 ERA) to the mound on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for his ninth start of the year. The Sarasota native earned The American Pitcher of the Week award after he outdueled USF ace Jimmy Herget last Friday night in a 2-0 victory. The junior leads The American in strikeouts (50) and innings pitched (59). The pitcher of the week award was his third in the past four weeks, with the lefthander allowing no earned runs and striking out 27 batters over 26 innings in those three weeks.
Skoglund will be opposed by Tigers' junior Caleb Wallingford. Wallingford is 4-2 and holds a 1.29 ERA in 48.2 innings pitched.
On Saturday, RHP Tanner Olson (3-2, 3.86 ERA) will make his third-consecutive weekend start for the Knights. The Ferndale, Wash., native will be opposed by Memphis' Jon Reed (4-1, 4.17 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
The series will conclude with an 12:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. Sophomore Colin Lee (1-3, 3.86 ERA) will start for the Tigers against a to-be-determined starter for the Knights.
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? This is the 28th all-time meeting between UCF & Memphis, with the Tigers holding a 17-10 advantage in the all-time series #LetsDoThis
? The Knights sit on top of The American standings and are 8-1 in league play, 2.5 games ahead of second place #KingofTheCastle
? UCF recently had the nation's longest winning streak of 10 games and has won 13 of its last 16 games #StartingToComeTogetherPepper
? Zach Rodgers earned both a save and victory at USF and now has 4 wins and 3 saves working a starter and reliever #BeastOfTheWeek
? CF Derrick Salberg is second in The American with a .348 batting average and the Knights are 19-7 when he starts #EnFuego
? SS Tommy Williams currently leads The American and ranks fourth in the nation with nine home runs #PowerSurge
? 2B Dylan Moore currently leads The American with 47 hits and has racked up a team-best 17 multi-hit games this season #StartsAtTheTop
? OF Erik Barber leads the team with 29 RBIs after recording just 9 RBIs the first two years of his career #ComingIntoHisOwn
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