UCF currently has 18 players on professional rosters.
On Butera: One of the elite catchers in the nation ... preseason All-America candidate behind the dish ... possesses one the strongest arms and quickest releases in collegiate baseball ... solid batter who continued to get better and better with the bat ... one of five Golden Knights to play in the Cape Cod League over the summer, the premier summer collegiate league in the nation.
As a Sophomore (2004): Started 54 of the 59 games he played in ... 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored at Florida International (Feb. 8) ... had the game-winning RBI in the FIU game, helping UCF rally from a 6-2 deficit ... 2-for-5 with a RBI and run scored in the series finale vs. #2 LSU (Feb. 15) ... 3-for-5 with two RBI at Bethune-Cookman (Feb. 17) ... collected one hit in each of the three games vs. Utah (Feb. 20-22) ... 2-for-3 with a RBI-double at Lipscomb (Mar. 6) ... 1-for-4 with two runs scored vs. Gardner-Webb (Mar. 12) ... 3-for-6 with four RBI vs. Wagner (Mar. 15) ... also scored two runs vs. the Seahawks ... 2-for-4 with a run scored at Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 23) ... 2-for-5 with three RBI at Jacksonville (Apr. 4) ... 2-for-3 with three runs scored and first career home run at Jay Bergman Field vs. Bethune-Cookman (Apr. 6) ... 2-for-4 with RBI-double and run scored vs. Troy State (May 2) ... 2-for-4 including a run scored vs. USF (May 4) ... 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI at No. 13 Clemson (May 9) ... 2-for-5 with career-high three runs scored and three RBI at Georgia State (May 21) ... named to A-Sun All-Tournament Team (May 26-28) ... led UCF with a .727 batting average in three games.
As a Freshman (2003): Tremendous freshman season which included a spot on the Atlantic Sun all-freshmen team ... was simply sensational behind the plate at catcher, throwing out an amazing 20 of the 39 base runners attempting to steal ... also hit .305 in 49 games including 38 starts ... also showed excellent defensive skills at third base ... led team with .429 batting average (21-for-49) with runners in scoring position ... hit .360 vs. left-handed pitching ... finished 1-for-3 with an RBI-double in first career start vs. Florida International (Feb. 8) ... two hits including a double in the Western Kentucky series (Feb. 14-16) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored vs. Monmouth (Game 1, Mar. 1) ... 1-for-4 with a RBI against Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 5) ... 0-for-1 with a RBI vs. Pace (Gm. 1/Mar. 13) ... had a career day vs. Georgia State (Gm. 1, Mar. 15) ... set career-highs in runs (2) and RBI (3) while going 2-for-3 at the plate ... threw out three runners trying to steal in the Florida A&M game ... also finished 1-for-3 with a run scored vs. the Rattlers ... 1-for-3 with a RBI in two games vs. Samford (Mar. 21-22) ... tied a career-high with two hits (2-for-4, run scored) vs. South Florida (Apr. 1) ... was the hero in UCF's dramatic 10-9 comeback win over Campbell (Apr. 4) ... had the game-winning RBI-single to secure UCF's 10-9 comeback win over the Camels ... UCF had trailed in the game 9-0 in the eighth inning before winning the contest in 12 innings ... recorded a career-high three hits in the contest including two RBI and a run scored ... also made first career start at third base in the series opener vs. Campbell ... tied a career-high with three hits at Belmont (Apr. 12) ... was 3-for-4 with a RBI and run scored in the 10-4 win over the Bruins ... 2-for-4 with a RBI-single vs. South Florida (Apr. 15) ... drove in two runs and scored a run vs. #15 Florida Atlantic (Apr. 18) ... 1-for-3, two RBI and a run scored vs. Bethune-Cookman (Apr. 22) ... 1-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in a comeback victory at Charleston Southern (Apr. 29) ... UCF had trailed 5-1 entering the ninth inning before Butera's single clinched the win ... 2-for-3 with a career-high five RBI in game two of the Troy State series (May 3) ... launched first collegiate home run in the 7-2 win over the Trojans.
Prior to UCF: Drafted in the 48th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2002 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft ... three-year lettermen at Bishop Moore High School under head coach Dave Wheeler ... also lettered twice in golf ... was the 3A Player of the Year as a senior ... second-team all-county selection as a junior.
Personal: Andrew Edward Butera was born on Aug. 9, 1983 ... son of Sal and Regina Butera ... his father Sal played for the Blue Jays, Twins, Reds and Expos in the Major Leagues ... has one sister, Alexandra ... was recruited by East Carolina, Columbia, and Samford ... one of two UCF players that had their fathers play professionally ... a communications major.