Dec. 13, 2011
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By Eric DeSalvo
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF baseball team's trek towards the postseason will officially begin in February as the regular-season schedule was released Tuesday. The Knights will host 38 games in 2012 with "Opening Knight" scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17, against Long Island.
2012 Baseball Schedule PDF
Last year, head coach Terry Rooney's squad advanced to its first NCAA Tournament since 2004 after completing its best season in Conference USA with a 39-23 overall record and 12-12 in league play. The 2012 slate promises to be just as exciting as the Knights will go head-to-head with eight teams that advanced to postseason play in 2011 with six of those squads making the trip to Orlando; Florida State, Miami, East Carolina, Bethune-Cookman, Stetson and Rice.
"We are extremely excited about the upcoming 2012 season," "said Rooney, whose team went 11-9 against NCAA Tournament participants in 2011. "We have an extremely challenging group of opponents, while playing in one of the top-five RPI leagues in the nation in C-USA. We have established new home attendance records the last several years and with our new stadium renovations, they make UCF one of the top college baseball atmospheres in the country."
Starting Tuesday, Dec. 13, season tickets for the 2012 UCF baseball season will go on sale, and fans have several exciting options to pick from for this year's 38-game home schedule. Meanwhile, members of the UCF Baseball Dugout Club will receive complimentary season tickets when signing up for the Home Run or Grand Slam Levels. For more information on the Dugout Club, contact Director of Baseball Operations Alex Guerra (407-823-4869).
To purchase season tickets, CLICK HERE or call the UCF Ticket Office at (407) UCF-1000. The renewal deadline for season-ticket holders is Friday, Jan. 20.
Here is a complete rundown of this year's season-ticket information:
2012 Season Ticket Plans
$200 -Reserved Chairback (section 100)
$130 -Reserved Bleacher (section 101-102)
$100 -Reserved Bleacher- Faculty / Staff (section 101-102)
$75 -General Admission Bleacher (section 103-213)
Secure tickets for all eight home games against state of Florida opponents with the Sunshine State Pack for $50. This includes guaranteed tickets for the USF, Florida State (two games), Miami, Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic and Stetson games.
Also in 2012, flex packs are back. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing what games to attend and with how many people. Flex Pack vouchers act as general admission tickets so use them all at once or spread them out over the season. Vouchers are good for all games except FSU and Miami. Fans can purchase 10 vouchers for $50 and 30 for $100.
Headlining the visitors for home non-conference play is in-state foe Florida State March 6-7. The last time that the two teams met on the UCF campus was on May 3, 1988, prior to any of the current players on the roster being born. Last year, the two teams tangled on the diamond in Tallahassee for the first time since 2004 as the Knights took one of three from the Seminoles.
Other noteworthy opponents on the 2012 home slate include individual games against Miami (Fla.), USF, Boston College, and weekend series versus UMass and Harvard.
The Knights will not venture outside the Sunshine State during the regular season except for C-USA play. Non-conference away trips will include a matchup with Florida in Gainesville (Feb. 22). Last year, UCF knocked off the national runner-up Gators both at home and away. Other in-state road matchups include Bethune-Cookman, Miami, USF, Florida Atlantic and Stetson.
UCF's Conference USA slate is a dandy as it welcomes both NCAA Tournament teams East Carolina and Rice as well as UAB and Memphis. Last year in Houston, Texas, the Knights took two of three from the Owls for their first series win over the perennial C-USA front runner.
League play on the road for the Knights will feature trips to Houston, Southern Miss, Tulane and Marshall.
The athletics department is pleased to announce that phase I of the baseball stadium expansion project has begun and is scheduled to be complete prior to "Opening Knight" on Feb. 17. Approximately 1,000 bench-back seats will be added along the first-base line.
"We are excited to begin the expansion project," said David Hansen, senior associate athletics director. "It's clear that we need more seats to accommodate the growing crowds that we have seen the past few years. This initial phase will more than double our current seating capacity and really begin to transform the stadium"
The new seating will include nearly 250 field-level seats and over 750 upper-level seats constructed above the existing concourse. Fans will be able to follow the construction progress this winter on UCFAthletics.com.