Baseball Travels to Arkansas State for Second Weekend SBC Series
Sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales is batting .306 with 10 runs batted in


Sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales is batting .306 with 10 runs batted in

March 20, 2013

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Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team has packed its bags for its first Sun Belt Conference road series by traveling to Arkansas State University for a three-game weekend series, beginning on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. from Jonesboro, Ark. The series continues on Saturday, March 23 at 5 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m.

The Owls (13-8 overall, 2-1 in SBC) opened conference play last weekend by taking two games from South Florida rival FIU. Meanwhile, Arkansas State (15-7, 3-0) enjoyed a sweep at Arkansas-Little Rock.

Sophomore Austin Gomber is expected to be on the mound for FAU in Friday night’s series opener after being named the SBC's Pitcher of the Week. He had a season-high eight strikeouts in 7.1 scoreless innings against FIU. The left hander is 2-1 with a team-best 1.62 earned run average (ERA) and 30 strikeouts.

Florida Atlanatic's pitching staff is also led by junior Kevin Alexander, who is 2-1 with a 1.84 ERA in seven relief appearances. Rounding out the weekend starting rotation should be senior Jake Meiers (1-2, 4.88 ERA) and junior Jeremy Strawn (1-1, 4.15 ERA).

Offensively, senior catcher Mike Spano leads the team with a .311 batting average. He went 4-for-7 against FIU with four runs batted in. His walk-off single capped off a three-run ninth inning in a 6-5 win over the Panthers last Saturday, March 16.


 

 

Junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein is hitting .300 with three home runs and 15 RBI. He is tied for team-high honors with seven doubles. Sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales rounds is hitting at a .306 clip, and senior first baseman Mark Nelson leads the team with four homers and 18 RBIs.

Arkansas State, one of three SBC teams with 3-0 records after the opening weekend, split a mid-week doubleheader at the University of Missouri on Tuesday, March 19, winning the nightcap 10-3. The Red Wolves have the second ranked team ERA in the SBC at 3.46, led by sophomore No. 2 starter Chandler Hawkins with a 2-0 record and 1.80 ERA. Sunday right-handed starter Bradley Wallace is 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA. Arkansas State's offense is led by senior first baseman Logan Uxa, a preseason all-league selection, with a .346 batting average. The team ranks second in the conference with a .979 team fielding percentage.

Live audio and statistics of the three games will be available at www.fausports.com.

Single-game tickets for remaining home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.

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