BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University baseball team heads to the Pacific Northwest to face off against Oregon this weekend, traveling the longest distance in program history for the first of four games on Friday night.
FAU (7-1) secured their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday night, topping Miami, 5-4. The win marks the third time in Head Coach John McCormack’s tenure atop the program that the Owls have won seven of their first eight games, matching 2009 and 2016 as the best starts in a season over this last decade.
In the win, Pedro Pages and Tyler Frank both had two hits, extending their individual streaks to five and three multi-hit games, respectively. Pages leads the squad with a .375 batting average. The backend of the bullpen starred against the Hurricanes, with Drew Peden improving to 3-0 on the year and closer Zach Schneider picking up save number four.
Oregon (5-2) has won three in a row, including a 14-0 victory on Tuesday against Seattle in their home opener at PK Park. The Ducks have four batters at .333 or higher, led by Spencer Steer at .345. Jakob Goldfarb has team bests of three home runs and nine RBI. The squad also has a reliever with a 3-0 mark in Parker Kelly.
Here are the probable starting matchups for each game this weekend, with all game starts denoted as Eastern Time:
- Friday, 9 p.m.: Owls – Senior LHP Jake Miednik (2-0, 0.68 ERA) vs. Ducks – Junior RHP Matt Mercer (1-1, 2.19 ERA)
- Saturday, 5 p.m.: Owls – Junior RHP Kyle Marman (2-0, 0.71 ERA) vs. Ducks – Junior LHP Cole Stringer (0-1, 4.66 ERA)
- Sunday, 5 p.m.: Owls – Junior RHP Vince Coletti (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Ducks – Sophomore RHP James Acuna (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
- Monday, 9 p.m.: Owls – TBD vs. Ducks – TBD
This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. All four games will feature a free FAU audio stream 10 minutes before first pitch on www.youtube.com/FAUOwlAthletics. The Owls return to Boca Raton for their next home game a week from Friday, hosting Seton Hall on March 9 at FAU Baseball Stadium. For single game or season tickets, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit www.fausports.com/tickets/baseball-tickets.html.