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Golden Knights Set to Battle Troy

May 5, 2005

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TROY, Ala. - In a battle of the two top teams in the Atlantic Sun, second place UCF (36-11, 15-6) visits A-Sun leader Troy (29-15, 17-4) in a three-game series at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, Ala. The two teams will face each other for the final time in a conference series as UCF moves to Conference USA in the fall of 2005 while Troy makes the move to the Sun Belt Conference.

The Golden Knights are coming off their second A-Sun series loss in two seasons last weekend when Florida Atlantic won two of three in Orlando. FAU is the only team in the conference over the last two seasons to win a three-game series vs. the Golden Knights. Troy had the weekend off in A-Sun play last weekend, but the Trojans lost a pair of games at Winthrop.

Game one of the series begins Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The series continues Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. All three games will be broadcast on Troy's athletics website at troytrojans.com.

Following the series with Troy, UCF has just two series remaining as a member of the A-Sun. The final home series of the season is May 13-15 vs. Georgia State before the Golden Knights travel to Macon, Ga., to visit Mercer May 19-20.

Senior right-hander Darren Newlin gets the call in the series opener Friday night for the Golden Knights. Newlin is 8-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 starts in 2005. The Tallahassee product ranks 17th in the nation in wins. In 62 innings of work, Newlin has 55 strikeouts and opponents are batting .255 against him.

Sophomore Tim Bascom (9-2) heads to the hill Saturday night for the Black and Gold. The Dunedin native is tied for sixth in the nation with nine wins in 2005. In a team-leading 85.1 innings of work, Bascom has totaled 94 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a .237 batting average.

Redshirt junior Taylor Cobb returns to the weekend rotation for the first time since 2003 Sunday in the series finale. Cobb is 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 2005. He has not pitched since April 13 vs. Bethune-Cookman. In 25 innings of work, Cobb has racked up 15 strikeouts.