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ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF junior righthander Trevor Holloway sure likes playing with fire. Fortunately for the Knights and coach Greg Lovelady, he does his part to avoid getting burned.
In his season debut against Siena last weekend, he didn’t allow a run and allowed just four hits in four shutout innings. He also walked five hitters.
He didn’t walk that many batters against No. 22 Auburn on Saturday, but inconsistent command once again was an issue at times. And just like last week, he mitigated damage by making some big pitches in clutch situations. It’s a dangerous way to live against college baseball teams, but the promising righthander continues to make strides as he helped UCF beat Auburn 6-1 to even the series.
“I thought Trevor did a good job, he was better than last week,” UCF coach Greg Lovelady said. “I still would like to not walk so many guys, but he managed some innings. He had some guys on base the first couple of innings and he came out of it unscathed. Again, he did a great job of managing situations and was able to turn things over to our bullpen.”
Holloway, a physical 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, had an easy 1-2-3 first inning, but that’s where the ease ended. In the second, Auburn put the first two runners on before Holloway regrouped and got a strikeout on an 84 mph offering, a pop out and a fielder’s choice to escape damage.
An inning later, Auburn had a pair of runners on base with two outs, and Holloway once again buckled up. He punched out Auburn first baseman Rankin Woley to avoid damage. It was the same theme in the fourth inning, too. AU had a pair of runners on base with two outs with nine-hole hitter Chase Hall at the plate. Holloway, as he did all evening, made pitches when it mattered most and punched out Hall on an 83 mph slider to end the threat.
“I thought he had better fastball command than he did last week,” Lovelady said. “He lost it a little bit in his last inning, which is why we got him out of there. But he threw his off-speed stuff for strikes and threw the fastball when he needed to. He was able to do enough.
“I’d like for him not to be in so many hitter’s counts,” he continued. “But he did a great job of managing things and not panicking in those counts.”