College Baseball Daily kicks off our countdown to the start of the 2014 College Baseball season by checking in on the top 100 players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 86 with University Central Florida’s junior LHP Eric Skoglund. In his sophomore season with the Knights, the southpaw appeared in 14 games with 10 starts, totaling 56.2 innings and a 1-4 record. On his fist victory of the 2013 season, Skoglund went for eight innings, allowing no runs and only three hits.Prior to playing at UCF, the Sarasota, Fla. native earned two letters as a pitcher at Sarasota High School. As a senior, he posted a 3.0 ERA in 40 innings of work. His dominance as a left handed pitcher got him drafted in the 16th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.
During the 2013 summer season, Skoglund started off in the prestigious Cape Cod League, where he was primarily used in a relief role with the Bourne Braves. After not receiving the playing time he was looking for, Skoglund made the tough decision to return home to Orlando in order to train and prepare for his junior season. Once he returned back to Florida, Skoglund earned a roster spot on the College Park Freedom in the Florida Collegiate League. While with the Freedom the lefty pitched in 21 innings going 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA.
Skoglund returns to the Knights and will enter the 2014 season having made more starts at UCF than anyone on the roster.
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