Senior pitcher Zach Rogers put the finishing touches on his two-year career at UCF during the American Athletic Conference Championship, but he added another accolade to his resume Thursday: being named to the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Second Team All-America.
"It's a great accomplishment for me," Rodgers said. "You work hard all year during fall workouts and throughout the winter workouts, and you finally get to the season and you do your best and lay your best on the line every day."
Rodgers was a unanimous selection to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team this season. After transferring to UCF from Cochise College for his junior year, the Glendale, Ariz. native was named to the All-AAC Second Team as a junior.
"You don't really think about All-American status," Rodgers said. "You just keep your head down and work hard and good things come."
Rodgers was 10-0 with one save and a 2.18 ERA this season. He struck out 90 batters while walking just 36 through 91 innings on the mound, throwing three complete games in the process – all against conference opponents.
Rodgers was 17-1 with a 1.80 ERA through 170.1 innings in his career at UCF.
"The atmosphere that's created around here, it's great," Rodgers said. "It helped me for the two years I was here."
He is the first Knight to be named to the All-America team since D.J. Hicks and Joe Rogers were in 2012.
Colin Bell is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.