By Luis Herrera
ORLANDO -- Today at The Venue on the University of Central Florida campus, the UCF baseball team interacted with students and fans for the 2013 Baseball Fan Fest. The event was presented B2 Cafe.
Here the Knights baseball team and coaches interacted with fans,family, and students before the team’s first game against Seina College.
It was family friendly event where fans had the opportunity to meet and interact with their 2013 team.
The event included raffles giving away season tickets for the upcoming baseball season and other prizes, as well as featuring a wiffle ball home run tournament and a fastball contest.
Their all ready and prepared for this season and are going to try to win the Conference USA division.
Coach Terry Rooney’s goal is to get his team better for this upcoming season
“UCF baseball is ranked 7th in the country this year and any other years our goal is to get better. Conference USA is an outstanding conference and their pretty good competition.” said Rooney.
As well player put their input and expectations about this season like JoMarcus Woods, James Vasquez, Ben Lively, Chris Taladay,
Outfielder JoMarcus Woods expect to play hard this season.
“I expect to go out and play hard this season with pretty much a new team this year, and i expect us to be tough.” said Wood
First Baseman James Vasquez can't wait to start this season.
“Conference USA is really tough it's one of the toughest in the country, we also have new players with experience but we're ready.”
Leading the team last year with nine wins and two losses pitcher Ben Lively is also ready to start the season.
“This year i gotten a lot bigger from last year but one of my biggest factors is slowing the game down.” said Lively.
Leading the team in batting last year with a .298 batting average third baseman Chris Taleday is ready to start off the season well by increasing his batting average over .300.
“Batting .300 is expectation for me, if i don't bat above .300 thats a letdown for me.” Said Taleday
Now UCF is ready to start the season strong with a new team and new expectations.