Back From the Pros: Ronnie Richardson

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UCF head baseball coach Terry Rooney has done many things for his program in his fifth year on the job. Not only has he created a winning environment with back-to-back regional appearances, but also welcomes back former Knights who have wrapped up their professional seasons.

Every fall, and early in the spring, if you stop by the UCF baseball complex you will see many familiar faces who helped put UCF back on the map. One of those former Knights that stops by is former centerfielder, and current San Diego Padre, Ronnie Richardson.

After his 16th-round selection this past June in the MLB Draft, the Eagle Lake, Fla., native headed off to Eugene, Ore., to begin his professional career in short-season. With the Emeralds, Richardson ended the year with a pair of home runs, including a walk-off shot, 16 RBI, 27 walks and an impressive 16 hit-by-pitches in just 52 games.

The UCF record-holder in that category recently chatted about life on the West Coast, being one of those guys who return in the fall and how UCF helps you take the next step in your professional career.

While Richardson and his former teammates are working out, the current UCF squad will conclude its month-long training period with the Black and Gold World Series next Wednesday-Friday. The first two games will begin at 3 p.m., while the finale is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Admission is free to all fans for each contest.

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