**UPDATE (January 3, 2013): Junior pitcher Kevin Alexander went wire-to-wire and posted three event victories to win the 2012 Baseball Iron Owl Awar.
The Coral Springs native seized early control of the fall competition with victories in the first three events (880-meter race, quiz and a parking garage run). Alexander finished with 412.7 points and becomes the fourth different winner in the five-year history of the award.
Senior pitcher Gregg Bennis finished in second place with 355 points and took first-place honors in the batting practice setup event. Junior outfielder Geoff Jimenez tallied 341.8 points, while senior pitcher Michael Sylvestri (339.6) and freshman infielder Cain Spangler (331.6) rounded out the top-five finishers.
Prior winners of the Iron Owl Award include: Lou Morey (2008 and 2009), Alex Hudak (2010) and Ahmed Garcia (2011).
Alexander will be presented with the award prior to the 2013 season opener against the University of Cincinnati on Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus.
*updated 1/3/13For complete standings, click here.
ABOUT THE AWARD
One of the freshest traditions surrounding the FAU Baseball program is the coveted "Iron Owl" award. The "Iron Owl" award is a competition that was debuted prior to the 2009 preseason. Its goal is the encouragement of team camaraderie, while at the same time making sure each individual player understands what is like to compete on a daily basis. It is our aim that each player reaches their highest-potential in the classroom, on the field and in the weight room.
The award indentifies the strongest Owl baseball player - both mentally and physically. A series of events will be held throughout the fall season that will test each student-athletes' physical strength, knowledge of the game and academic performance.
Each event and category will be graded and a running total of each player's rank is kept by the FAU coaching staff.
Individual GPA at the end of the semester
Teammate name quiz
Medicine Ball Throw
880m track run
Sled pull race
World Series intrasquad scrimmage
2008 - Lou Morey
2019 - Lou Morey
2010 - Alex Hudak
2011 - Ahmed Garcia
2012 - Kevin Alexander