Even with mediocre team success, several Knights put up good individual performances this season.
With the regular season over, it's time to look back at the top individual performances of the season for UCF's baseball team, five of which ended in All-Conference selections.
Pitcher Zach Rodgers, shortstop Dylan Moore, third baseman/outfielder Tommy Williams and outfielder Erik Barber were all selected to the American Athletic Conference First Team, while outfielder JoMarcos Woods was named to the second team.
It is only the second time in school history that four UCF players have been named to the conference's first team. The only other time was in 2001 when UCF was a part of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Rodgers, far and away the Knights' most consistent source on the mound, was a unanimous selection to the first team. Rodgers was 10-0 on the year for the Knights, including 7-0 in the conference.
At one point this season, UCF was on a streak of winning only three of nine conference games — all three wins were complete games thrown by Rodgers. He moved up to a first team selection after being named to the All-ACC Second Team a season ago.
Moore was also named to the second team last season, but this season was likely the Knight's most productive hitter on his way to a first team nod. Moore slashed a .330 batting average, .412 on-base percentage and .528 slugging percentage along with nine home runs and 14 stolen bases.
Williams received first team honors last year when he led the AAC in home runs. This year he had eight round trippers, but still led UCF in extra base hits thanks to his team leading 19 doubles.
Williams struggled defensively for much of the season as he learned a new position – he played shortstop last season – and led the Knights in strikeouts, but his .554 slugging percentage was tops on the team as well.
The Knights' final first team selection was Barber, who led the team with 11 home runs while hitting .322.
Woods, who was named to the second team, was a key part of the Knights' offensive attack. For the majority of the season he batted at or near the end of the order and acted as somewhat of a second leadoff guy for Terry Rooney's club.
Woods hits .329 with nine stolen bases, and his .415 OBP was part of the reason that Moore was able to drive in a team-high 41 runs while batting leadoff.
Some players not honored but are also having good offensive years for the Knights are Matt Diorio, Jordan Savinon and Logan Heiser.
The sophomore, Diorio, who spent a good part of the year as the designated hitter, hit .312 with five home runs and paced the Knights in OBP at .434.
This is the second season in a row that Savinon has been the full-time catcher for the Knights and, while he was solid defensively, last season he had a slash line of just .238/.315/.321. This year, Savinon upped those numbers to .308/.397/.485 while still playing good defense behind the dish.
Heiser, a freshman, proved to be a spark plug at times this season for the Knights. He hit .298 with six home runs, even though he started just 24 games for the Knights. With Savinon graduating, it appears Heiser will catch the majority of the innings next year for UCF.
Outside of Rodgers, there were few players to achieve much success from the rubber this year for the Knights. Freshman Cre Finfrock was able to remain in the starting rotation the entire season, and ended 7-5 with a 3.25 ERA.
Out of the bullpen, southpaw Parker Thomas was solid all season for the Knights, appearing in 26 games on his way to a 3.86 ERA without giving up a home run in 44.1 innings.
The Knights continue playing in the American Athletic Championship Thursday in Clearwater.
Colin Bell is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.