UCF fall short of NCAA regional


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

UCF head coach Terry Ronney (26) and his UCF Knights were apart of the first four teams left out of the NCAA tournament.

The UCF Knights baseball team will not be traveling to an NCAA regional for the second year in a row, after the selection committee chose to keep the Knights out of the field of 64.

It was revealed on ESPNU’s Selection Show that UCF was one of the first four teams out, meaning that the Knights were one of the bubble teams that just missed out on the tournament.

The Knights, who finished the season with a 36-23 record, anticipated getting in with an at-large bid after their last game on Saturday, but the NCAA selection committee thought otherwise.

UCF’s resume featured some big win over team’s like the No. 5 national seed Florida State Seminoles and the nationally ranked Miami Hurricanes, while also winning a series against the Louisville Cardinals, who will also be hosting a regional.

Losses to teams like Central Michigan, Presbyterian and UConn, may have hurt the Knights chances of getting into the tournament.

UCF also went 8-14 in one-run games, which means that if only a couple of those games had gone the Knights’ way they could have been into a regional. They went a combined 9-12 against teams that made it into the field of 64.

But the future looks bright for the UCF baseball program, which is young and will only be losing one senior (Bret Gordon) next season.

For now the focus of the offseason will be on the future of Knights’ ace Eric Skoglund, who after a 9-3 season will have a decision to make on weather to come back for his senior season, or go on through the Major League Baseball draft.