Knights Weekly Recap is a weekly review of UCF sporting news. It will feature scores, breaking news and anything else that is important to know about the various sports at UCF, starting with events from this past Sunday, Feb. 28, running through Sunday, March 6.
The baseball team holds a 7-6 overall record so far, and is 5-1 at home, losing to none other than the No.1 ranked Florida Gators. UCF is set to start conference play on April 1 against Memphis on the road. In the meantime, UCF will continue to try and build upon an impressive resumé with more points in the win column with the help of pitchers Andrew Deramo and Robby Howell and producing hitters Austin Griffin and Brennan Bozeman. In the most recent series, the baseball team fell two out of three times to Rice, losing 4-3 in the first game, winning the second 2-0 and losing the third 13-10. UCF will take on LIU Brooklyn for a three-game series at home starting this Friday night after taking on Bethune-Cookman on the road on Wednesday.
After a shaky start to the season, UCF softball is right back on top, ranked in the top 25 while riding an eight-game win streak train hoping for only more success as they start taking on ranked opponents once again. With a 12-8 record, 8-2 at home, UCF will host an 11-game home stand starting with Ball State on Tuesday afternoon and ending with New Mexico State on March 18. Jessica Ujvari and Courtney Rotton are hitters producing big time for UCF, while Shelby Turnier leads things on the mound for the defense. In the most recent series of games for UCF, the softball squad defeated four teams in a UCF-sponsored tournament. Starting with a 2-0 victory over Middle Tennessee State, the Knights then went on to defeat La Salle 9-0 and South Dakota 8-0 in two different mercy-rule events. The tournament ended with UCF defeating LIU Brooklyn 3-1 on March 5.
After ending the regular season on a low note, falling to UConn 67-46, UCF heads to the Amway Center to take on Tulane in the first round of conference tournament play. Having already defeated Tulane twice this year, UCF hopes to do it a third time in order to advance to the next round of the conference with the help of Tacko Fall, a freshman center and recent American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week winner, A.J. Davis and Adonys Henriquez.
Big news came from Orlando Monday afternoon as Athletics Director Danny White announced that he will conduct his second search for the head coach of a sport since his arrival at UCF less than a year ago. After hiring Scott Frost for football, he now will turn his aim toward finding a new women's basketball coach after dismissing head coach Joi Williams. The team faced a disastrous season with an overall record of 7-23 and was knocked out in the first round of conference tournament play by SMU in an 83-74 overtime loss. UCF will try to rebound next year with their purportedly strong younger base of players returning to the court next year.
Evan Abramson is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @Evan_Abramson and email him at EvanA@centralfloridafuture.com.