Eagles to visit for weekend series
Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 16:02
The UCF Knights will return home to host Boston College (3-0) in a three-game series this weekend.
The Eagles come to Jay Bergman field undefeated after facing Virginia, James Madison and Coastal Carolina in the Caravelle Resort Tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina.
"Boston College is a great team. … For Boston College to come out, right away, and win those three games on the road certainly tells you that they have an outstanding club," head coach Terry Rooney said. "I can tell you this: These next [three] games we are going to have to play very well to put ourselves in a position to win."
Rooney selected junior Brian Adkins, sophomore Ben Lively and redshirt junior Chris Matulis as the starters for last weekend's series against LIU Brooklyn. Rooney said he was pleased with the effort he received from the pitchers and that they will remain the weekend starters when Boston College comes to town.
UCF's trio of starters will have to face a Boston College offense that totaled 21 runs over the span of its first three games.
Boston College senior shortstop Anthony Melchionda was named the ACC player of the week after batting .429 and racking up three doubles and a home run. Melchionda also failed to commit an error at shortstop over the weekend.
"It's going to be a big weekend for us. … I played some of the guys from Boston College this summer [in the Cape Cod league], so I know that they have a pretty good amount of talent," junior closer Joe Rogers said. "We're going to have to get after them early."
Although conference play does not pick up until late March, Rogers sees the early portion of the season as a chance for the team to build momentum.
"It's great momentum, especially when you're playing good teams like Boston College or any ACC team who don't make a lot of mistakes," Rogers said. "It really makes you play on your ‘A' game. I'm pretty excited to see what we have going into this weekend, and I think that Long Island series really helped us out."
The Knights will come into the weekend series after their Wednesday night matchup with the nation's top team, the Florida Gators. Results of Wednesday's game were not available at time of press. Check www.ucfnews.com for a recap of the game.