UCF vs. USF - Game 3

ORLANDO -The UCF Golden Knights (23-15) welcome Sunshine Network along with the South Florida Bulls (24-12) to Jay Bergman Field Tuesday evening. The 7 p.m. game will be aired live on Sunshine in the South Florida market only. Viewers in the Tampa/Orlando area will see the game on a tape-delayed basis due to Tampa Bay's playoff hockey game, starting at 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

The game will air live on Bright House Networks in the Central Florida area, check local listings for channel number.

Paul Kennedy and Charles Davis will call the action for Sunshine from
Jay Bergman Field Tuesday. UCF will appear twice on Sunshine in 2003 including the May 10 game at Stetson.

Tuesday's game is the third meeting this season between the two schools after
South Florida won both games earlier in the year in Tampa, 8-5 and 4-0.

UCF enters Tuesday's tilt after losing two of three at Belmont over the weekend in Atlantic Sun play while South Florida swept three games at St. Louis in Conference USA.

The game vs. the Bulls will be aired live on the UCF ISP Sports Network, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. Marc Daniels, the voice of the Golden Knights, will call the action on 740-AM The Team.

Scouting South Florida
South Florida has won five of its last six games entering Tuesday's game with UCF after last weekend's sweep at St. Louis. The Bulls downed St. Louis 11-8, 9-3 and 3-2 to complete the three-game sweep and move into fourth place in Conference USA. The Bulls are 24-12 overall including an 8-5 mark in conference play.

As a team, USF comes into the game batting .313. Sophomore catcher Devin Ivany leads the team with a .399 batting average in 35 starts. South Florida has eight starters batting .300 or better on the year.

On the mound, USF owns a team ERA of 3.82 in 334.1 innings of work. The Bulls are scheduled to start sophomore left-hander Matt Ingram Tuesday. The southpaw brings a record of 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 appearances to Orlando for the Bulls. In 19.1 innings of work, Ingram has 11 strikeouts along with 11 walks.

South Florida head coach Eddie Cardieri is in his 18th season at the helm in Tampa. Cardieri is 27-35 all-time vs. the Golden Knights.

Inside The USF Series
For the 84th time Tuesday, UCF and South Florida will meet on the baseball diamond. South Florida leads the series 42-41, dating back to UCF's inaugural season of baseball during the 1973 campaign.

Only Stetson has played more games all-time vs. the Golden Knights (92 games).

In 2002, UCF lost three of five games to the Bulls. The two wins over the Bulls were due in large part to starting pitcher Bo Hall. Hall tossed two complete games vs. the Bulls including a 6-2 win on Apr. 23 and a 6-1 NCAA Regional win at Tallahassee May 31.

UCF is 7-3 in its last 10 games at home vs. South Florida. Last season, the Golden Knights split two games vs. the Bulls at Jay Bergman Field. The Golden Knights are also 1-2 all-time vs. South Florida at Jay Bergman Field.

In the three previous meetings between the two schools at Jay Bergman Field, the two teams have combined to score 69 runs. In 2002, South Florida topped the Golden Knights 9-5 while UCF won 18-17 in 2001. The Bulls also captured a 15-5 win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools at Jay Bergman Field during the 2001 campaign.

On The Hill For UCF
Sophomore right-hander
Matt Fox is scheduled to make his third career start Tuesday. The hard-throwing sophomore is 0-2 in 2003 with a 6.35 ERA in 17.0 innings. Last week in his first career start vs. South Florida, Fox lasted just 2.2 innings to earn the loss.

Fox, who was named the 44th-best sophomore in the nation by Baseball America prior to the season, has averaged a strikeout per inning in 2003. The right-hander has 17 strikeouts in 17.1 innings this season.

In five career appearances vs. South Florida, Fox is 0-1 with a 5.62 ERA in 8.0 innings. He has 11 strikeouts and eight walks all-time vs. the Bulls.

A Comeback For The Ages
UCF pulled off the biggest comeback victory in Jay Bergman's 21 years as head coach vs. Campbell on April 4. The Golden Knights trailed 9-0 in the eighth inning before a late rally to win the contest 10-9 in 12 innings.

The nine-run comeback win is also the largest comeback victory in the Atlantic Sun conference this season.

UCF managed to score four times in the eighth vs. the Fighting Camels before putting up a five-spot in the ninth to tie the contest.

The Golden Knights eventually won the game in the 12th to improve their record to 4-1 in extra innings this season.

Home Sweet Home
UCF is 70-23 (.752) all-time at Jay Bergman Field. Against non-conference opponents, the Golden Knights are 40-9 (.816) all-time.

In conference action, UCF is 30-14 (.681) all-time vs. A-Sun foes at Jay Bergman Field.

Winning The Close Games
UCF is 7-8 in one-run games in 2003 and 4-1 in extra-inning contests. Since 1985, the Golden Knights are 168-124 in games decided by one run. In games that have gone to extra innings since 1985, UCF is 41-28-1.

What A Run In The A-Sun
Over the last three seasons, UCF has been almost untouchable in the A-Sun. The Golden Knights have won three regular season conference crowns and two tournament titles since 2000. UCF is 68-19 (.782) in the conference over the three-year span.

In all, UCF has won the A-Sun six times, the most of any conference school.

Off To A Good Start
The UCF offense has scored 37 first-inning runs this season while only allowing 25. In the first three innings combined in 2003, the Golden Knights are outscoring their opponents 88-57.

Bear Continues To Impress
Senior
Ryan Bear has been one of UCF's most improved players in 2003. After batting .283 in 39 games in his first season at UCF last year, Bear leads the Golden Knights in batting this season at .378.

The Panama City native was just seven games away from tying the school record earlier in the year with a 19-game hitting streak. Mike Myers owns the UCF record with a 26-game hitting streak he tallied from April 3 to May 19, 2001.

Bear also leads the club in hits (48), doubles (14), triples (T-1st/3), home runs (4), RBI (T-1st/29), total bases (80), slugging percentage (.630) while ranking third on the team in stolen bases (6-for-8).

Untouchable
Freshman right-handed pitcher Kyle Bono has performed as well as any freshmen pitcher in the nation in 2003. The Lake Mary native is 4-1 with a 0.40 ERA in 13 appearances including one save. Bono has yielded just 11 hits in 22.1 innings of work while totaling 27 strikeouts and just six walks. Opponents are batting .143 vs. the rookie.

Bono has felt right at home on the mound, especially pitching to his twin brother Ryan. Ryan is a catcher on the team and has formed the first brother-brother battery in UCF history several times this season.

Picking Up Where He Left Off
Sophomore
Clay Timpner has started the 2003 season just the way he finished last year. The 2002 Freshman All-American selection by Collegiate Baseball News leads the Golden Knights with 18 stolen bases while ranking second on the club with a .348 batting average.

Timpner is also tied for the team lead in RBI (29) and triples (3) with Ryan Bear.

Also an outstanding defensive outfielder, Timpner has four outfield assists this season.

In Baseball America's College Baseball preview edition, the magazine labeled Timpner as the best defensive outfielder in the A-Sun.

Dealing With Dee
Sophomore outfielder
Dee Brown has started to heat up at the plate as the season has moved along for the Golden Knights. The 2002 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American is hitting .303 on the year, the highest his average has been all season.

Through UCF's first 17 games of the season, Brown was hitting just .250 with five doubles and nine RBI. Over his last 17 games, Brown is batting .353 (24-for-68) with two doubles and 19 RBI.

Brown has been a tough out for pitchers in the Atlantic Sun in his two seasons within the conference. As a freshman, Brown hit an amazing .490 in conference games (51-for-104) with eight doubles, three home runs and 32 RBI. This season, he is hitting .380 (19-for-50) with 16 RBI against conference competition. For his career, Brown is batting .454 (70-for-154) against A-Sun pitching.

Even more impressive, Brown does not have the fall season to prepare for baseball since he is playing football for UCF. The running back/linebacker was second on the team with 170 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 2002.

Not So Fast My Friend
Freshman catcher
Drew Butera has quickly established himself as the top throwing catcher in the Atlantic Sun. Opposing base runners have had their hands full attempting to steal on the rookie. Butera has thrown out 52% of the runners attempting to steal against him (14-for-29).

Butera had a great person to learn the catching position from as a youngster. Drew's father Sal Butera was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Twins, Reds, Expos and Blue Jays.

Butera has also started to find his swing at the plate. The freshman is batting a season-best .319 with the bat. The 2003 Baseball America Preseason Freshman of the Year in the Atlantic Sun, Butera leads UCF in batting over the last 17 games with a .395 average (17-for-43).

The A-Sun Is Rising
Top to bottom, the Atlantic Sun Conference doesn't get a ton of respect. Other conferences should take note. Only the powerful ACC placed more teams with 40 wins (5) than the A-Sun did last year when Florida Atlantic, Stetson and UCF each won more than 40. The Big 12 and WAC also had three teams, placing the A-Sun in good company.

Updating The Record Books
Several UCF players have moved up in the career and single-season record books in 2003.

Senior RHP Von David Stertzbach has moved into sixth place on the career strikeout list at UCF with 205. He moved past current UCF pitching coach Craig Cozart into sixth place after recording two strikeouts at Belmont last Friday. Stertzbach is also among the school's all-time greats in relief appearances (67/4th) and appearances (75/4th). Stertzbach also joined an elite list of just seven UCF pitchers that have accumulated at least 200 career strikeouts.



The 200 K Club At UCF
1. Justin Pope (335)
2. Jason Arnold (330)
3. Brian Ahern (270)
4. Brandon Turner (258)
5. Mike Halperin (248)
6. Von David Stertzbach (205)
7. Craig Cozart (204)



Seniors Rich Wallace and
Nathan Kragt continue to add to their totals of being hit by a pitch. Wallace is UCF's all-time leader in the category with 40 HBP, while Kragt is fifth with 16 HBP. Kragt's 10 HBP in 2003 put the senior infielder tied for fifth in single-season history.

In career batting average, three players have moved into the school's top 10 rankings. Junior
David Mann is in third place with a career average of .383 (106-for-277). Sophomore Dee Brown holds down ninth place with a career mark of .361 (125-for-346) while fellow classmate Clay Timpner is 10th (.356, 122-for-342).

More Diamond Notes ...
The Golden Knights lead the league in fielding with a .974 fielding percentage, but their opponents have also totaled an impressive .969 fielding percentage ... UCF is hitting .290 (131-for-451) with runners in scoring position ... With two outs, the Golden Knights are batting .282 as a team (111-for-394) with 81 two-out RBI ... As a team, UCF is hitting .197 (12-for-61) in pinch hitting situations ... Right-handed hitting opponents are batting just .254 (297-for-1171) vs. the UCF pitching staff.



UCF In The A-Sun Rankings
Team Rankings
Batting .298 2nd
Pitching 4.14 4th
Fielding .974 1st
Stolen Bases 52-63 1st
Batting
Ryan Bear .378 5th
Pitching
Mark Michael 3.11 9th
Doubles
Ryan Bear 14 2nd
Triples
Ryan Bear 3 T-1st
Clay Timpner 3 T-1st
Stolen Bases
Clay Timpner 18-19 1st

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