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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) – UCF head baseball coach Terry Rooney announced Friday that former Miami assistant coach Joe Mercadante will join his coaching staff as the Knights’ hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
“I am pleased to announce Joe Mercadante as our new assistant coach,” Rooney said. “Joe has a proven track record for developing hitters and catchers at the highest level of college baseball, along with an outstanding reputation as a relentless recruiter. As we continue to move UCF into the upper echelon of college baseball, I am excited that we have hired an established coach that has been to Omaha, while propelling many of his former players to professional baseball.” Continue reading
Here is your 2011 NCAA Tallahassee Regional Day 3 Recap.
Alabama 12 UCF 5
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Alabama scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning en route to a season-high 12 runs to post a 12-5 victory over the Central Florida Knights in the elimination game of the Tallahassee Regional at Dick Howser Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Alabama will now face Florida State tonight in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional, which begins at 5 p.m. CT. Continue reading
Here is your 2011 NCAA Tallahassee Regional Day 2 Recap.
UCF 16 Bethune-Cookman 5
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) – In a span of three-consecutive pitches in the seventh inning, No. 2 UCF scored five runs and eventually plated 13 runs in the final three innings to defeat No. 4 Bethune-Cookman, 16-5, in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Saturday. It was the most runs scored in a game by the Knights (39-22) in their NCAA Tournament history. Continue reading
Here is your 2011 Tallahassee Regional Day 1 Recap.
Alabama 5 UCF 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 3 seeded University of Alabama baseball team posted a 5-3 win over the No. 2 seeded Central Florida Knights in the opening game of the Tallahassee Regional from Dick Howser Stadium on Friday afternoon. With the win, Alabama improves to 34-26 overall while the Knights drop to 38-22. Continue reading
I had a chance to catch up to a couple of coaches across the country for their thoughts on the NCAA Tournament. One of the biggest stories from them is how wide open the field is this season. The tournament kicks off in another 45 minutes as Miami (FL) plays Jacksonville to open up the Gainesville Regional. Check out their thoughts on some teams below. Continue reading
Florida State (42-17, 19-11 ACC)
Players to Watch
James Ramsey (.350 BA, 10 HR, 62 RBI)
Jayce Boyd (.333 BA, 5 HR, 53 RBI)
Mike McGee (.333 BA, 10 HR, 51 RBI) Continue reading
By: John Lockwood
2011 CUSA Player of the Year – Chad Zurcher, Memphis
In a year when offensive numbers across the country plummeted—and the name “BBCOR” became commonly uttered next to any manner of expletive—Memphis’ Chad Zurcher didn’t seem to get the memo. The junior from Knoxville finished the season with an NCAA-best .443 batting average, and his .455 average to finish the regular season was eight points higher than the CUSA single-season record set by UCF’s Chris Duffy in 2010. Zurcher was a large reason that Memphis finished the season with the best team batting average in the conference, as he led the league in multi-hit games (28). As well, Zurcher displayed an uncanny knack for getting on base as his 33 walks to just 17 strikeouts added up to a league-best (and nation-best) .547 on-base-percentage. Continue reading
Here is your Conference USA Recap for May 27th, courtesy of Conference USA:
#5 Memphis 5 – #8 UAB 4
Tigers hurler Ryan Holland struck out a career-high 11 batters and right fielder Robby Graham broke a 4-4 deadlock with an RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth as fifth-seeded Memphis defeated No. 8 seed UAB, 5-4, to open day three of the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship sponsored by Trustmark Friday morning at Trustmark Park. Continue reading
Our Conference USA recap is courtesy of John Lockwood. Thanks, John!
#4 UCF 6 – #8 UAB 4
For 117 pitches, UAB hurler Dillon Napoleon was nearly flawless. On his 118th offering to the plate, however, UCF first baseman Jonathan Griffin sent the recently appointed Conference USA Newcomer of the Year to the bench and turned a 4-3 deficit into a two-run lead as the Knights defeated the Blazers 6-4 in day two of the 2011 C-USA Baseball Championship sponsored by Trustmark Thursday morning at Trustmark Park. Continue reading
Here is your recap for the first day’s action of the Conference USA tournament.
#4 UCF 16 – # 5 Memphis 9
A trio of Knights’ batters tallied three-hit performances and southpaw Johnny Sedlock tossed 4.2 innings of solid relief as fourth-seeded UCF defeated No. 5 seed Memphis in a slugfest, 16-9, in the opening game of the 2011 Conference USA Baseball Championship presented by Trustmark Wednesday morning at Trustmark Park. Continue reading