Baseball Tabbed to Finish Second in The American

Dec. 23, 2013

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The American Athletic Conference announced its 2014 preseason baseball awards Monday afternoon. UCF was pegged to finish second in The American by the league's nine coaches while senior Bret Gordon was a unanimous selection to the preseason all-conference team.

2013 College World Series participant Louisville was unanimously predicted to finish atop the league, receiving eight first-place votes. Houston and UConn were each slotted in a tie for second along with the Knights with USF rounding out the top five.

Last season, Gordon earned his spot on the team as a walk-on and made quite an impact in the final 28 games of the season, hitting .316 with five doubles, one homer and 12 RBI. The Tampa native was even better down the stretch, as he hit .323 over the final 17 games of the season with seven RBI and five doubles.

The Knights will begin full preparation for the 2014 season with preseason team practices beginning in early January. All mini-plan, group and single-game tickets will go on sale to the public on Feb. 3, 2014 with Opening Knight against Siena scheduled for Feb. 14. To reserve season tickets, call (407) 823-1000 or visit

2014 Preseason American Athletic Conference Baseball Coaches’ Poll
*1.    Louisville (8)  
T2.    Houston (1)    
T2.    UCF  
T2.    UConn  
5.    USF  
6.    Memphis  
7.    Rutgers  
8.    Cincinnati  
9.    Temple  
*Unanimous Selection
(first place votes in parentheses) 

Preseason American Athletic Conference Player of the Year
Jeff Gardner, OF, Louisville 

Preseason American Athletic Conference Pitchers of the Year
Carson Cross, P, UConn AND Jimmy Herget, P, USF 

2014 Preseason All-American Athletic Conference Team

P Carson Cross RJr. UConn
P Anthony Kidston So. Louisville
P Kyle Funkhouser So. Louisville
P Jimmy Herget So. USF
*RP Nick Burdi Jr. Louisville
C Carter White Jr. Memphis
1B Tucker Tubbs Jr. Memphis
2B Nik Alonso RSo. USF
SS Sutton Whitting Jr. Louisville
*3B Justin Montemayor So. Houston
OF Jeff Gardner Sr. Louisville
OF Ian Happ So. Cincinnati
OF Cole Sturgeon Sr. Louisville
OF Vinny Zarrilo Jr. Rutgers
*DH Bret Gordon Sr. UCF   

* - unanimous selection
Extra Outfielder added due to tie in voting



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