May 8, 2014
By Dan Forcella
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF baseball team will play its final home games of the season this weekend when the Knights host Presbyterian in non-conference action at Jay Bergman Field. The three-game series will be highlighted by Saturday's Citronaut Day featuring NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
No. 26 UCF (30-19) is coming off of a 4-1 win at Florida Atlantic that earned the Knights their fourth 30-win season in the last five years. The Blue Hose (16-31-1), meanwhile, are fresh off of a 4-2 mid-week loss to North Carolina Central on Tuesday.
These two teams have met six times in the all-time history between UCF and Presbyterian with the Knights winning five out of six times. In 2012 the Blue Hose picked up their first victory over the Knights as UCF won two out of three in Orlando.
On Friday night UCF will once again send junior Eric Skoglund (8-1, 1.87 ERA) to the mound. The left-hander leads the American Athletic Conference with 75 strikeouts and has been named The American Pitcher of the Week four times. He will take on PC's Chandler Knox (6-6, 3.42 ERA) beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday at 4 p.m., when the Knights become the Citronauts, UCF will send junior Tanner Olson (3-3, 4.70 ERA) to the bump to take on right-hander Aaron Lesiak (1-6, 4.65 ERA). Presbyterian has named sophomore Trey Hayes (0-3, 5.79 ERA) its starter for Sunday, while UCF has yet to name one.
Since this weekend will be the final home games for the Knights this season, there will also be a pair of special senior day presentations. On Saturday, team manager Pete Buscaino will be honored for his work with the program, while UCF will honor senior Bret Gordon prior to Sunday's game.
To purchase individual game tickets for this weekend, Click Here: http://ucfknights.co/BASEtix. Those not in attendance can watch all weekend long on UCF All-Access with Bryan Levine and Bri MacNaught on the call.
- Bright House Employee Appreciation Weekend - Employees with ID can get up to four free tickets all weekend
- Post-game autographs after each game
- First 250 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive free Citronaut t-shirt
- Saturday's first pitch will be thrown out by NASA associate director and UCF alumnus Kelvin Manning