Jan. 29, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University baseball team has been predicted to finish second in the 2014 Conference USA standings, as selected by league coaches. FAU ace Austin Gomber was named to the preseason All-Conference team in FAU’s first season in the league.
The Owls finished 42-22 in 2013 and advanced to their 10th NCAA Regional appearance. FAU forced extra innings against the No. 1-seed North Carolina before falling to the Tarheels in the championship game.
“We are looking forward to our first go around in Conference USA,” said FAU Head Coach John McCormack. “It is nice that the other coaches see our program as a good addition to the league.”
Gomber, a 6-foot-5-inch southpaw, returns after a sensational sophomore campaign. His 8-4 record led FAU and his ERA of 2.97 led the Sun Belt Conference. Gomber tallied 103 strikeouts and walked just 28 in his 106 innings of work.
“That is a great honor for Austin,” McCormack said. “He has worked hard and deserves it.”
The Owls open their season on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a home doubleheader against Notre Dame. First pitches are scheduled for 1 and 6 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. For ticket information, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUSports.com.
2014 PRESEASON BASEBALL AWARDS
(as selected by C-USA’s head coaches)
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
- Rice (12)
- Florida Atlantic
- East Carolina
- Southern Miss
- Tulane (1)
- Middle Tennessee
- Old Dominion
- Louisiana Tech
(first place votes in parentheses)
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Drew Reynolds, East Carolina (Senior, DH/RHP)
Aramis Garcia, FIU (Junior, Catcher)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Zech Lemond, Rice (Junior, Right-hander)
P Austin Gomber Jr. Florida Atlantic
P Jeff Hoffman Jr. East Carolina
P Jordan Stephens Jr. Rice
RP Zech Lemond Jr. Rice
C Aramis Garcia Jr. FIU
IF Brad Elwood Jr. Charlotte
IF Shane Hoelscher Sr. Rice
IF R.J. Perucki Sr. UTSA
IF Edwin Rios So. FIU
OF Mike Aquino Sr. Rice
OF Josh Eldridge Jr. Old Dominion
OF Ryan Stephens Sr. Middle Tennessee
OF Mason Robbins Jr. Southern Miss
DH/UT Drew Reynolds Sr. East Carolina
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