BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team will host longstanding rival Miami at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night at FAU Baseball Stadium. Ahead of the matchup, FAUSports.com sat down with John McCormack for the introductory episode of a weekly podcast with the Owls' head baseball coach.
Click on the above link to listen to the first edition of the yet-untitled podcast. Fans that have suggestions for what to call the show can tweet at @FAU_Baseball or @FAUAthletics using the hashtag #CoachMacPodcast.
The Owls (6-1) swept Delaware this past weekend, with tremendous pitching throughout all three games, and a Sunday comeback victory in the team's final at-bat. Senior southpaw Jake Miednik earned C-USA Pitcher of the Week for his performance on Friday night, but faced possibly his toughest competition for the league award in-house, in Saturday starter Kyle Marman. Each struck out 14 Delaware hitters, pitching into or past the seventh, and both allowed just one earned run.
Offensively, Pedro Pages paced the squad by batting .533 in last week's four games, with two hits in each. He is the team leader currently with a .357 mark, with David Miranda (.304) and Eric Rivera (.292) nipping at his heels. Diamond Johnson leads the team with five RBI, while Pages has four and Gunnar Lambert and Joe Montes three apiece.
Miami (3-4) used a conference award-winning showing as well, on Sunday, to snap a four-game losing streak. Michael McKendry won ACC Pitcher of the Week in defeating No. 1 Florida, throwing six innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out eight. The Hurricanes' top hitter is Danny Reyes at an even .400, with Michael Perez batting .385. Reyes' four RBI trails only Michael Burns and Alex Toral with five each.
Owls' sophomore righthander Nick Prather draws the midweek start for the second straight week. He was dealt a loss by Florida last Tuesday. Miami will counter with senior lefthander Michael Mediavilla. In two games, with one start, he is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA.
UM leads the all-time series between the two schools 62-14, including winning all three games in 2017. Prior to that, FAU had won four of the previous nine. The last Owl victory came on April 20, 2016, when FAU was ranked No. 17 and UM No. 1 in the nation, 4-3 in Coral Gables.
Coverage Wednesday night begins at 6:20 p.m. on FAUSports.TV. Live stats will also be available at http://www.fausports.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1579552&school=fau&sport=mbasebl. For tickets, either single-game Wednesday or for the remainder of the season, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit www.fausports.com/tickets/baseball-tickets.html.