March 26, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team looks to even its season series against the University of Miami in a game at Coral Gables on Wednesday, March 27 starting at 6 p.m. The Owls fell 5-4 in 11 innings to the Hurricanes in this season's first meeting on February 20 in Boca Raton.
FAU is coming off winning its second straight Sun Belt Conference (SBC) series, winning two of three games at Arkansas State University last weekend. The team won the series-deciding game, 3-2, on Sunday, March 24.
The Owls, the defending SBC regular-season champions, stand 15-9 on the season and are tied for second place with a 4-2 league mark.
Individually, senior first baseman Mark Nelson leads the team's offensive attack with five home runs and 22 runs batted in. He is batting .289 at the plate and brings a seven-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game.
Junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein has hit four homers and has 17 RBI, while sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales leads the team with a .325 batting average. The team is strong behind the plate with senior starting catcher Mike Spano having a .300 average and driving in 14 runs, and junior catcher Levi Meyer hitting .306.
On the mound, sophomore left hander Austin Gomber leads the SBC with a 1.37 earned run average (ERA). He has a 2-1 record on the season and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts in the opener of last Saturday's doubleheader at Arkansas State.
Miami is 19-8 on the season and 4-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play after winning two of three home games against Virginia Tech last weekend. Brad Feiger leads the team with a .316 batting average and 19 RBI. He had the game-winning hit in the 11th inning in the first meeting with FAU, a game in which the hosts led 4-2 after seven innings. David Thompson leads the team with two home runs and 21 RBI, while Alex San Juan is hitting .313 and Alex Hernandez is at a .304 clip.
Live audio and statistics of the game 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.