Baseball Tabbed Third In A-Sun Preseason Polls

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MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference named UCF junior outfielder Clay Timpner to its preseason all-conference team Tuesday. Timpner was the only Golden Knight named to the team.

The conference office also released its preseason polls for the 2004 season. In the media and coaches polls, the Golden Knights were selected to finish third behind Florida Atlantic and Stetson in both polls. Florida Atlantic was also the choice to capture the league tournament title in both polls, respectively.

In 2003, Timpner batted .347 for the Golden Knights and totaled 22 stolen bases in 24 attempts. The LaBelle, Fla., native, enters his third season as the starting center fielder for the Golden Knights.

Timpner also was named to Baseball America's preseason A-Sun all-conference team. Baseball America also tabbed Timpner as the best baserunner and best defensive outfielder in the A-Sun. Joining Timpner on the team was junior outfielder Dee Brown. Brown hit .289 in 2003 for the Knights.

Baseball America predicted the Golden Knights to finish third in the A-Sun behind Florida Atlantic and Stetson.

Baseball America also tabbed Drew Butera with the top throwing arm among A-Sun catchers and as the fourth-rated prospect for the Major League Draft. Butera will not be eligible for the draft until after the 2005 season.

Joining Butera on the A-Sun top prospect list according to Baseball America was sophomore right-handed pitcher Kyle Bono at No. 5 and junior right-handed pitcher Matt Fox at No. 6. Bono is not eligible for the draft until 2005 also while Fox is eligible following the season.

The Golden Knights open the 2004 season on the road at Florida International Feb. 7-8 in Miami. Both games start at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live by WNSC. The Golden Knights open their 2004 home schedule Feb. 13-15 vs. No. 2 LSU at Jay Bergman Field.



2004 A-Sun Preseason Baseball COACHES Poll
Teams (1st Place Votes)
1. Florida Atlantic (8)
2. Stetson (1)
3. UCF (1)
4. Jacksonville (1)
5. Belmont
6. Troy State
7. Gardner-Webb
8. Georgia State
9. Campbell
10. Mercer
11. Lipscomb
Tournament Champ: FAU (5)

2004 A-Sun Preseason Baseball MEDIA Poll
Teams (1st Place Votes)
1. Florida Atlantic (12)
2. Stetson
3. UCF
4. Jacksonville
5. Belmont
6. Gardner-Webb
7. Troy State
8. Georgia State
9. Campbell
10. Mercer
11. Lipscomb
Tournament Champ: FAU (6)

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