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Fall Report: UCF

Fall Report

DeLAND, Fla. — Two years in a row, UCF has finished with an RPI in the 40s and found itself just outside the NCAA tournament field of 64 on Memorial Day. In 2019, an 11-13 record in the American Athletic Conference undermined the Knights — who might have found themselves on the right side of the bubble with one or two additional wins at some point in conference play.

But last year’s Knights were hit hard by injuries, essentially eliminating their margin for error. Getting a half dozen key arms back from injury will make a big difference in that department, and a strong group of freshmen will provide reinforcements.

“We have the ability on both sides. We’re way deeper, way more competition,” said fourth-year UCF coach Greg Lovelady. “It’s a lot different than the last couple years where it was just, ‘These are our nine and we’ve gotta roll.’ We can mix and match and do some different stuff off the bench.”

Let’s start with a rundown of UCF pitchers who missed significant time due to injury last spring. …

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