Team Notes
FAU's senior right-hander Michael Obradovich dominated the nation's No. 1 team last week

FAU's senior right-hander Michael Obradovich dominated the nation's No. 1 team last week

April 14, 2008

Florida Atlantic (21-12) took two-of-three from Troy this weekend in Boca Raton, its first series win over the Trojans since 2004... The Owls are now 5-1 in head-to-head series against Sun Belt Conference opponents in 2008... FAU improves to 17-6 at home... The Owls had 50 hits in four games last week and four different players hit over .400...The pitching staff posted a collective ERA of 3.97... 2B William Block went 8-for-17 (.471 BA), driving in a team-high six RBI and hitting three homers... SS Nick Arata was 10-of-17 (.588 BA) on the week with two homers, including a walk-off job that allowed FAU a 6-5 series opening win against Troy Friday... LF Jeremy Griffiths was 7-of-14 (.500 BA) and has a 10-game hit-streak... FAU has 100 two-out RBI this season (3.03 per game)... OF Mike McKenna (.400 BA) leads the team with 18, 1B Travis Ozga (.360 BA) has 17 and OF David Wilson (.262 BA) 12... After its game with No. 1 Miami Wednesday the Owls will play a four-game non-conference series at New York IT in Long Island next weekend.

LAST WEEK'S TOP PERFORMERS:
Michael Obradovich (Florida Atlantic Sr. RHP)
FAU's senior right-hander dominated the nation's No. 1 team, the University of Miami, on its home field last Wednesday. Obradovich struck out seven in eight-plus innings to allow FAU a 6-3 victory. His 148-pitch performance drew praise from each of the three major newspapers in the South Florida area that had come to UM's Mark Light Field, for the most part, to cover the top-ranked `Canes. Obradovich faced just 32 batters before he was lifted in favor of FAU closer Glen Troyanowski in the ninth, the longest outing by an FAU pitcher this season and the longest an opposing starter had lasted against a Miami team that hits .343 as a team. The win was a historic one for FAU, having never beaten a No. 1 opponent in its Division I era in any sport.

 

 

Nick Arata (Florida Atlantic Jr. SS)
Arata hit .588 (10-of-17) and scored nine runs in four games last week. Arata went 3-for-5 with a stolen base in FAU's historic win over No. 1 Miami, and went 7-for-12 in a key series win over Troy, including hitting a game-winning walk-off home run in Friday night's opener. Arata scored seven runs and totaled 14 bases in just three games against Troy, following Friday's heroics by hitting a go-ahead two-RBI single on Sunday after belting his second home run of the weekend, a solo shot off the batter's eye in center field in the third inning off Troy's Jeff Green. Arata's efforts helped FAU improve to 5-1 head-to-head in Sun Belt series this year, as FAU attempts to establish itself as one of the SBC's top teams.
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