UCF Head Baseball Terry Rooney was on the Insiders Show Sunday morning to talk about fall ball wrapping up with the Black and Gold World Series. Rooney talked about the vacancies on the field and how he plans to fill those positions. Rooney talked about his new hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Kevin Schnall and what he bring to the table. Rooney also talked about Chris Matulis and Erik Hempe returning as RS seniors and how that impacts his team. Rooney talked about that and much more.[audio:1080/Insiders_10-21-12_Rooney.mp3|titles= Terry Rooney on Insiders show 10-21-12]
Mary Stevens‘ Insider Notes:
UCF lost 10 players over the summer in the draft or because of graduating seniors.
UCF’s roster consists of 10 seniors, five juniors, 10 sophomores and seven freshmen.
Going into next season, the Knights will have to fill about every position except third base and catcher.
Rooney will look to Chris Taladay (3B) and Ryan Breen (C) for leadership since they are the only two seniors who have started just about every game since their freshmen year.
Over the off-season UCF lost the backend of their bullpen who consisted of Joe Rogers and Roman Madrid.
Erik Hempe and Chris Matulis are coming back as RS seniors.
UCF players drafted in summer of 2012:
LHP- Joe Rogers- Detroit Tigers
RHP- Roman Madrid- San Diego Padres
CF- Ronnie Richardson –San Diego Padres
1B- D.J. Hicks- Minnesota Twins
RHP- Matt Collins- LA Angels
SS- Darnell Sweeney- LA Dodgers