Countdown to Opening Knight: Media Day



Feb. 12, 2013

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By Eric DeSalvo

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - With the UCF baseball team just three days away from opening the 2013 campaign, a large contingent of Orlando's media members made it out to the UCF baseball complex for Media Day Tuesday afternoon.

Media Day Photo Gallery

The beautiful 80-degree afternoon included lunch, batting practice and interviews with head coach Terry Rooney and seniors Ryan Breen, Chris Taladay and junior Ben Lively.

"Media day is something we all look forward to. Certainly it symbolizes that Opening Knight is right around the corner," Rooney said. "It is such a big part of our program. We are so fortunate that the media here in Orlando follows this program, and we are so appreciative of what they do. It's all a part of UCF being Orlando's baseball team."

In his time talking with the media, Rooney announced that Lively will take the ball on Opening Knight while LHP Eric Skoglund and RHP Danny Davis will pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Knights took part in their first practice of the week following Media Day and will take the field once again Wednesday and Thursday afternoon in preparation for Friday.

A reminder that Opening Knight against Siena will be free to all. First pitch will be at 6:30 with Saturday and Sunday's action taking place at 4 and 1 p.m., respectively. For all your ticket needs, call (407) UCF-1000 or check out the UCF Athletics Ticket Page.

News & Notes

-2012 Media Day BP champion Kyle Israel defended his crown in spectacular fashion. Last year he sent one over the fences, but this year? At least seven cleared the right-field bullpen. Not too shabby.

-Dugout Club member, and Allstate rep, Scott Rose was in mid-season form for the Oviedo softball league. He had a slug-off with Israel and gave it a valiant effort.

-Tony Comas showed up decked out in UCF gear as if he had one more year of eligibility left.

-Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel was coaxed into taking some BP hacks. He sported the sunglasses/polo/jeans look very well.

-Erik Kohler, now in his 14th season behind the mic for baseball, celebrated his birthday with a little BP.

-WESH2's Larry Ridley brought his own bat, helmet and Go Pro camera for some great footage on tonight's news.

-A big thanks to UCF Athletics Communications Associate Director Brian Ormiston for his spectacular photo skills. The photo gallery is a must-see!

-Emcee John Evans has some pop in his bat. I believe I've seen him bench pressing members of the "big-shot posse" when he's not at UCF...



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