Baseball Picked Second in Preseason Poll, Gomber Named to Preseason All-Conference
Austin Gomber named to Preseason All-Conference Team

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



(as selected by C-USA’s head coaches)



  1. Rice (12)
  2. Florida Atlantic
  3. East Carolina
  4. Southern Miss
  5. Tulane (1)
  6. FIU
  7. UTSA
  8. Charlotte
  9. Middle Tennessee
  10. Old Dominion
  11. UAB
  12. Marshall
  13. Louisiana Tech




(first place votes in parentheses)



Drew Reynolds, East Carolina (Senior, DH/RHP)

Aramis Garcia, FIU (Junior, Catcher)



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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