Baseball: Currently on a three game winning streak with a sweep over LIU Brooklyn, the baseball team moves closer and closer to the start of conference play with a 10-7 record overall. Junior right-handed pitcher Robby Howell was named the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on March 7 for his strong performance against Rice, as he threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the shutout victory. Power hitter Austin Griffin stepped up to the plate against LIU Brooklyn in the final game of the series blasting his second grand slam of the season in the fifth inning to help the Knights march to victory in a 12-7 game. The Knights will look to take down a baseball powerhouse on Wednesday as they host No.10 Miami at 6:30 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field.
Softball: The softball team, still No. 25 as of March 8, rode a 15-game winning streak to build a record of 19-9. The team has mercy ruled three teams since March 9 and was finally halted in their tracks when Purdue came to town and defeated the Knights 3-2 on March 12 at home. Hoping to get back on track with the help of the Ujvari sisters, Jamie and Jessica, and star pitcher, senior Shelby Turnier, the Knights will host Florida Atlantic on March 15 and New Mexico State on March 16.
Basketball: Athletic Director Danny White has been earning his paycheck from the moment he stepped foot into his UCF office. First hiring Scott Frost as the new head coach for the football team, White last week as reported on March 7, fired women's basketball head coach Joi Williams. Now, White will have to look for the third head coach of a UCF sport since joining the school in late 2015 as he will embark on a search for replacing former head coach Donnie Jones of the men's basketball team who was let go after a first round exit from the American Athletic Conference tournament handed to them by Tulane. The basketball team had defeated Tulane in both meetings during the regular season but failed to sweep them for a third time in the tournament with numerous chances to take the lead. UCF was not chosen for the March Madness 2016 NCAA tournament.
Football: In an otherwise quiet month for the football team while they prepare for spring practices and workouts, former UCF football star and current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles came to town on March 12 to hold a camp for kids at Oviedo high school. At Oviedo, more than 100 kids arrived 30 minutes before the designated check-in time of 9 a.m. to meet the No. 3 NFL Draft pick. Kids brought their cleats, gloves and, of course, their Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars jerseys. Bortles, who led the UCF Knights to a historical season and Fiesta Bowl win in 2014, teamed up with BodyTech Performance to help instill skills on the field and confidence in the kids' lives.
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.