UCF head baseball coach Terry Rooney has done many things for his program in his fifth year on the job. Not only has he created a winning environment with back-to-back regional appearances, but also welcomes back former Knights who are preparing for their professional seasons.
Early in the spring, if you stop by the UCF baseball complex you will see many familiar faces who helped put UCF on the map. One of those former Knights that works out on campus is current Baltimore Orioles minor leaguer Tim Bascom.
Sporting the Black & Gold from 2004-06, Bascom turned in some dominating performances on the mound. In 2005, the Dunedin native started 16 games and racked up a 10-2 record, including three complete games, 113 strikeouts and a 3.10 ERA. The stellar sophomore campaign saw him land on the All-Atlantic Sun First Team.
In UCF's inaugural C-USA season of 2006, Bascom was the Preseason Conference USA Pitcher of the Year. He backed it up on the bump with a 2.47 ERA in 14 starts, including 90 strikeouts in 80 innings of work. The strong season made him the Knights' first player in program history to earn C-USA First Team honors.
Following his career at UCF, the Orioles selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft and he has spent the last six seasons moving through the organization. The majority of Bascom's work has come at AA Bowie where he has a career 3.80 ERA in 395.1 innings pitched, but last year and in 2010 he has earned the promotion to AAA Norfolk.
Make sure to watch the former Knight in the video below talk about his time at UCF and life in the minor leagues.