Feb. 13, 2014
Boca Raton, Fla. -
by Rachel Rodriguez
Senior FAU baseball captain Kevin Alexander hopes to conclude his career as an Owl with a bang. This will be his first year as a closer, moving into the position from his former role as a middle relief pitcher. He recently was named to the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writer Association Stopper of the Year watch list. The award is given annually to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
"My goal for the team is to make it to Omaha" said Alexander. "That should be every player's expectation. As a closer, my personal goal is to have zero blown saves and an earned run average below two."
Alexander finished his junior campaign with a 3-3 record and with a 2.89 earned run average. He struck out 44 batters, allowing 49 hits and 20 runs scored, and was a vital member of a corps that led the league in team ERA.
"Kevin is not only a good player, but he is someone you can rely on," said John McCormack, FAU's skipper. "He has pitched in huge situations, knows how to handle the pressure and will make a great closer. I met him seven years ago when I was recruiting him and it is great to see where he started and how far he has come."
Alexander is no stranger to pressure. At the end of his freshman season (2010), he underwent "Tommy John" surgery which requires a year of rehabilitation. He returned in 2012, going 5-1 with a 3.29 earned run average. He pitched the league championship-clinching game against FIU (5/18), giving FAU its second Sun Belt Conference title in three seasons.
"I came back as a better pitcher after my surgery," said Alexander. "As challenging as the experience was, I could now throw harder and had fewer arm problems."
Last fall, Alexander was selected by his teammates to serve as one of two senior captains for the 2014 season.
"I told Coach McCormack my freshman year that one day I would lead this team, so it means a lot that I was chosen as a captain," Alexander added. "It shows that both the returning players and new guys look up to me and trust me to help guide the team."
Kevin will graduate in the spring with a dual degree in finance and business management. He is unsure what path he will take once he graduates, but playing professional baseball is still a consideration. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school but elected to pursue a college degree.
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. For ticket information, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUsports.com.