Skoglund strikesout 11 in UCF’s win over Presbyterian


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

Eric Skoglund tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts against Presbyterian.

The UCF Knights bounced back at home after a rough offensive outing earlier this week to take the win against Presbyterian College on Friday night 10-0.

Knights pitcher Eric Skoglund struck out 11 batters and allowed just three hits in eight innings.

“I was just trying to attack hitters and focus on that,” said Skoglund. “I’m just trying to get ahead of every hitter.”

On Tuesday the Knights lost to Florida Atlantic at home 1-0 while getting just three hits in the game. Head coach Terry Rooney said after the game that the team will get their offense going, and they did just that on Friday night.

Catcher Jordan Savinon helped the Knights jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning by knocking in a pair of runs.

“When you look back at these last couple of weeks, Savinon has gotten as many clutch hits as anyone on our team,” said Rooney. “When we’ve needed big hits, Savinon has gotten those hits for us.”

The Knights added a run in the second and fourth innings, before erupting for five runs in the seventh inning. Four out of their five runs came with two outs.

Shortstop Tommy Williams hit a two-run homerun to left field in the inning to make it 8-0 before second baseman Brooks Morgan brought in a run on a double to left field. Savinon would go on to score the Knights’ 10th run on a passed ball.

The Knights will turn to pitcher Tanner Olson on Saturday on what the school is calling “Citronaut Day.” The school will be wearing special throwback jerseys honoring the character known from when the school was called Florida Technological University.