Preview: UCF Baseball 2017

By BrodyLeroux
Feb. 05, 2017

Greg Lovelady was introduced to Knight Nation on July 20th this past year as the new head baseball coach for the University of Central Florida. With him, he brought the pitching coach that was by his side at Wright State, Justin Parker. Lovelady kept Ryan Klosterman on his staff and added Ryan Breen (Volunteer Assistant Coach) and Drew Roberts (Director of Baseball Ops). With the staff set, he became ready for the fall and to see what student-athletes he had in his roster. 

The 2016 fall was a bit of an exciting and new challenge to all the players by just learning the ways Lovelady and his staff wanted things done. From new signs to how to approach an at bat, the feeling around the facilities became known that this team is heading to the right places this upcoming season. 

The team this year consists of 12 seniors, 5 of them being pitchers. With only a couple freshmen and the rest being sophomores and juniors this club is still relatively young and has good potential.

The players, coaching staff, and everyone around that is key to the success of the team is anticipating this new season with great excitement and joy. 

This is how the roster is shaping up as of now-

Pitchers: Luke Hamblin, Bryce Tucker, Dillon Turney, Joe Sheridan, Kyle Marsh, Juan Pimentel, Chris Williams, Nick McCoy, Andrew Rohloff, Campbell Scholl, Thaddeus Ward, Jason Bahr, Rylan Thomas, Jordan Scheftz, Drew Faintich, Robby Howell, Trent Thompson, and Eric Hepple

Infielders: Kam Gellinger, Brooks Morgan, Ryan Crile, Matthew Mika, Austin Griffin, Brennan Bozeman and Rylan Thomas. 

Outfielders: Luke Hamblin, Austin Murphy, Eli Putnam, Max Wood, Kyle Marsh, Bryce Peterson and Josh Moser. 

Catchers: Anthony George, Michael Higgins, Dallas Beaver and Logan Heiser.

Projected starting pitchers: Bryce Tucker, Chris Williams, Juan Pimentel and Robby Howell.

UCF opens up their season against Siena on February 17th at 6:30 pm. 

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