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Knights Ready for The American Championship
May 18, 2014
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By Dan Forcella
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF baseball team is set to take part in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship this week at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Knights (34-22) finished league play 17-7 and will be the second seed in the eight-team tournament.

The tournament will be split into two pools of four teams with the winner of each pool playing in Sunday's final. UCF will open pool play against seventh-seed UConn on Wednesday at 11 a.m., then take on sixth-seeded Temple on Thursday at 7 p.m., and finish with third-seeded Houston on Friday at 7 p.m.

2014 AMERICAN BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
MAY 21-25 | CLEARWATER, FLA.

Wednesday, May 21
G1 | 11 a.m. | No. 2 UCF vs. No. 7 UConn
G2 | 3 p.m. | No. 3 Houston vs. No. 6 Temple
G3 | 7 p.m. | No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 5 USF

Thursday, May 22
G4 | 11 a.m. | No. 3 Houston vs. No. 7 UConn
G5 | 3 p.m. | No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 8 Memphis
G6 | 7 p.m. | No. 2 UCF vs. No. 6 Temple

Friday, May 23
G7 | 11 a.m. | No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 8 Memphis
G8 | 3 p.m. | No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 5 USF
G9 | 7 p.m. | No. 2 UCF vs. No. 3 Houston

Saturday, May 23
G10 | 11 a.m. | No. 6 Temple vs. No. 7 UConn
G11 | 3 p.m. | No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Rutgers
G12 | 7 p.m. | No. 5 USF vs. No. 8 Memphis

Sunday, May 24
G13 | 12 p.m. | Pool A Winner vs. Pool B Winner

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
All information regarding the conference championship can be found at The American's Championship Central page.

LOCATION
The 2014 American Athletic Conference Tournament will be held at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. The 8,500 seat stadium is the home of the Clearwater Threshers, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

WHEN
The tournament will be held from May 21-25, with pool player over the first four days and the championship taking place on Sunday. The official practices and opening ceremonies will be on Tuesday, May 20.

TICKETS
All-session and single-session tickets are available through the Clearwater Threshers' online ticket service.

RADIO
All games of the tournament will be broadcast live on AM 740 The Game with Marc Daniels on the call.

TV
All three games of pool play will be live and for free on the American Digital Network with Garrett Walvoord and Jeff Brightwell on the call. Sunday's championship game will be live on ESPNU.

LIVE STATS
Live Stats will be provided all week long by the conference by going to: http://sidearmstats.com/theamerican/baseball/

#UCFacts
* The UCF baseball team finished The American regular season 17-7 to earn the second seed in this week's championship. The Knights will take on #7 UConn, #6 Temple, and #3 Houston in Pool Play.

* The Knights will aim to win their seventh conference tournament title, having won six from 1993-2002 as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

* UCF would earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a championship, but the Knights are also looking to build their at-large berth resume. UCF has reached the D-1 NCAA Tournament 11 times, most recently in 2012.

* The Knights will be looking to put last season's tournament performance behind them. UCF went into the Conference USA Tournament as the fifth seed and lost three straight games, scoring only one run in each.

* Only nine players on this year's roster saw action in last season's conference tournament. UCF's ace in 2014, Eric Skoglund, pitched just 1.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit in 2013.

* The Last conference tournament title for the Knights came in 2002, when UCF won three straight games over Troy, Stetson, and FAU en route to an A-Sun Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

* UCF swept Temple in the regular season, but lost two-of-three games to both Houston and UConn.

To keep up with the UCF baseball team on social media be sure to follow the Knights on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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