CORAL GABLES, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The No. 15 UCF baseball team begins its run in the NCAA Tournament at the Coral Gables Regional Friday afternoon when it takes on Missouri State at 2 p.m. The second-seeded Knights (43-15) are making their 11th NCAA appearance in program history.
The first meeting between the Knights and Bears (39-20) is shaping up to be a dandy. UCF will send sophomore RHP Ben Lively (9-2, 3.23 ERA) to the mound against MSU RHP Nick Petree (10-3, 0.92 ERA). Each pitching staff has been lights out this season with UCF owning an ERA of 3.33 and Missouri State leading the nation with a 2.51 ERA.
The double-elimination regional as a whole is statistically the toughest in the nation with the average RPI sitting at 38.75. After the Knights and Bears go head-to-head on Friday, top-seeded Miami will battle No. 4 Stony Brook at 7 p.m. The winners on Friday will play at 7 p.m. Saturday night and the losers will take the field Saturday at 2.
Below is a list of everything you need to know for the Coral Gables Regional this weekend:
Each contest will be available to watch online free of charge. All UCF games will be broadcast on 740-AM The Game with Marc Daniels on the call. Follow @UCF_Baseball on Twitter for in-game updates as well.
It is the first back-to-back trip to the postseason since 2001-02
The Knights hold an all-time record of 14-20 in the tournament
This is the first trip to Coral Gables for the Knights (7 Tallahassee, 2 Gainesville, 1 Columbia)
In 2011, the Knights went 1-2 with a win against Bethune-Cookman and two losses to Alabama
UCF is still looking for its first trip to a Super Regional
Friday: from 11:30 am - 1 pm Buffalo Wild Wings at The Shops at Sunset Place 5701 Sunset Dr. South Miami, FL 33143 Food complimentary of the Golden Knights Club 1.1 miles from Alex Rodriguez Park
Saturday: (three hours prior to first pitch) UCF Tailgate Area Located in the grassy area under the Metro Rail on the south side of Alex Rodriguez Park off of Ponce De Leon Blvd. Signage will be posted to designate area and parking is free.