Knights win big on Senior Day


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

Bret Gordon is the only senior on the UCF roster this season.

The UCF Knights baseball team bounced back from a late-game loss on Saturday to beat Presbyterian College 11-2 on Sunday.

“Today was a big game for us,” said Knights head coach Terry Rooney. “As disappointed as we were yesterday, the guys hung in there. It was really just getting back to the confidence and the energy level that we want to play at.”

Freshman pitcher Jarrod Petree picked up the win for Knights in relief after allowing just three hits in four innings while striking out three batters.

“Petree was an incredible star for us today and did an awesome job and held everything in check there,” said Rooney.

Sunday’s game was the last home game of the season for the Knights and senior Bret Gordon. The Knights honored Gordon prior to the game and presented him with a plaque.

Gordon was substituted into the game in the seventh inning and delivered a three-run double to put the Knights up 11-2.

“Gordon has meant a lot to our program the last two years,” said Rooney.  “He made our team as a walk on and did a tremendous job for us the last two years.

“It’s above and beyond just what he did on the field. His leadership to all of the guys has been great; he’s taken a lot of the young guys under his wing.”

The Knights finish their remaining four games on the road with a game at Florida State on Tuesday and a three-game weekend series against Connecticut.

“We’re in a position to compete for a championship up at UConn,” said Rooney. “I think we’re still in a position to compete for an at-large bid in the NCAA regionals. The big positive of this is we’re going down to the last week of the regular season and we have an opportunity to win a championship and an opportunity in my mind to solidify ourselves as an at-large bid team.”