April 15, 2013
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team will play the first of five straight road games when it travels to UCF on Tuesday, April 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will be the first of two scheduled meetings between the in-state rivals.
FAU stands 24-12 on the season and is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Middle Tennessee State University on Sunday, April 15. The Owls rallied to win both games, scoring four runs in the eighth inning in the first game, winning 5-3, and eight runs over the final two frames for an 8-3 victory.
The Owls are in a three-way tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) with a 10-5 record at the halfway point in the league season. The team resumes conference play at the University of Louisiana for a three-game series starting from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21. The road trip ends in the season series finale at the University of Miami on Wednesday, April 24.
Florida Atlantic has had remarkable success in midweek games this spring, taking a 7-2 record into Tuesday night's game at UCF. The team has split two games with Miami, twice defeated No. 24-ranked Florida Gulf Coast University, split a two-game series with the University of Maine and swept a doubleheader at Florida A&M University. The Owls also defeated Lynn University.
Senior Nathan Pittman led the team's late-inning rallies against MTSU. A double with the bases loaded gave FAU the lead in the first game before he tied the second game with a single in the seventh inning. The outfielder is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, has reached base safely in 18 straight games, leads the team with 26 runs scored and is batting .320 for the season.
Freshman outfielder Brendon Sanger leads the team with a .370 batting average, while sophomore shortstop Mitch Moralesranks ninth in the SBC with a .349 average. He has anchored the bottom part of the lineup with 20 RBI and 21 runs scored.
The Owls' pitching staff leads the SBC with a 3.20 earned run average (ERA). Senior closer Hugh Adams leads the league and ranks fourth nationally with 11 saves this season. Adams stands third all-time among SBC players with 24 career saves.
Freshman Kyle Milleris the probable starter for Tuesday night's game. The right hander is 2-0 and picked up a victory at FGCU on April 10 with three scoreless innings.
UCF stands 20-17 on the season and is 6-6 in Conference USA, which FAU will join next season. The Knights are coming off a road conference series win at nationally ranked Rice last weekend. Chris Taladay leads the team's offensive attack with a .365 batting average and 27 runs scored. Erik Hempe is batting .319 with 26 RBI, and Jeramy Matos has hit eight home runs. Brian Adkins is expected to be starting on the mound against the Owls, with the left hander having a 1-5 record and 5.27 ERA in seven starts.
Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
Single-game tickets for all home games can be purchased by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.