The Leadoff: Monday Musings


Feb. 17, 2014

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By Bryan Levine
UCFKnights.com

Five things The Leadoff learned this weekend....

1. Tommy Williams looks like the real deal. Expectations for Williams were high entering this season and he did not disappoint against Siena. The junior, who batted in the three-hole all weekend, went 7-for-13 for the series with four RBI and his first-collegiate home run. Williams spent the series swapping between shortstop and second base and excelled at both positions. He appears to be bigger and stronger than he’s been in previous seasons, and if that’s the case, he could be poised for a tremendous year.

2. Erik Barber is trying to hit his way into a full-time role.  Barber was seen as a fourth outfielder coming into the year, but the junior had quite the weekend in a starting role. Barber racked up five hits, including three doubles, while driving in four runs. With so much depth in the outfield and so many outfielders having quality at bats this past weekend, it’s a good problem to have for head coach Terry Rooney.

3. Last year was not a fluke for Zac Favre. The sophomore, who earned Freshman All-American honors a year ago, threw three scoreless innings in Sunday’s series finale en route to his first save of the season. Favre struck out four Saints in his outing, and looked as dominant as he did in 2013. It’s a luxury to have a pitcher who can essentially shutdown the last third of a ballgame.

4. Joe Marotta could challenge Favre for the best K/9 ratio. Marotta already has three strikeouts in four outs recorded, while Favre is just behind with four and nine respectively. The strikeout is such a big part of both pitcher's arsenals. It will be exciting to watch the two of them try and out-duel each other for Ks.

5. Kam Gellinger is the early-season front runner for UCF's top freshman. In two starts at third base, Gellinger went 4-for-5, with a home run in his first-career at-bat. The Cape Coral native added a triple on Sunday to go along with four runs scored and three walks. If that was not enough, the rookie also flashed his speed with a stolen base on Saturday.


 

 

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