April 23, 2013
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team looks to capture the season series against the University of Miami when the South Florida rivals meet on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables.
The Owls evened the season series at one victory apiece with a 6-1 win over the Hurricanes on March 27 in Coral Gables. Miami picked up a 5-4 win in 11 innings on February 20 in Boca Raton.
If successful on Wednesday night, FAU would win the season series with Miami for the second time in the past three seasons. The Owls also came out on top in the season series in 2011 with a victory at Miami.
During FAU's March victory, junior infielder Robert Buckley hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give the team the 6-1 advantage. Senior outfielder Nathan Pittman scored two runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate, while sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales had a game-high three hits and also scored two runs. The team had 11 hits after collecting 15 hits in the February meeting.
FAU brings in a 26-14 record on the season and is in a three-way tie for second place in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) with an 11-7 league mark. The team has an 8-2 record in midweek games, and has won five straight games on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. This week's game at Miami concludes a five-game road trip.
Taking a closer look at the Owls, Morales' .348 batting average ranks 10th in the conference, while driving in 23 runs and scoring an additional 22 runs.
Pittman is batting .323 with nine doubles and 25 RBI from the leadoff spot in the batting order. He had the team's season-long 11-game hitting streak snapped in in the April 21 loss at the University of Louisiana. Pittman has reached base in 22 consecutive games.
Freshman outfielder Brendon Sanger is batting .356 and ranks second on the team with 26 runs. Junior catcher Levi Meyer rounds out the team's .300-or-better hitters with a .308 average. Sophomore third baseman Ricky Santiago has recorded 15 RBI and had a two-run home run in the ninth inning to give FAU a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Louisiana on April 20.
On the mound, the Owls lead the SBC with a 3.47 earned run average (ERA). Senior closer Hugh Adams leads the conference and ranks fourth in the nation with 12 saves.
Freshman right hander Kyle Miller will get the starting assignment against the Hurricanes. He is 3-0 and has a 1.08 ERA after posting consecutive midweek victories at UCF and Florida Gulf Coast University. Miller also earned the victory in a SBC game against the University of South Alabama.
Sophomore reliever Bo Logan is 4-0 with a 1.77 ERA and has made 17 appearances this spring. Senior Michael Sylvestri (3-0, 2.79 ERA) and junior Kevin Alexander (2-3, 2.86 ERA) also have anchored the bullpen's middle relief efforts this spring.
Miami is 27-16 after a 7-0 victory over No. 12 Clemson University on April 21 to win the Atlantic Coast Conference series. The Hurricanes are led by Chantz Mack's .299 batting average and 22 RBI. Alex San Juan is batting .295 with five doubles, and David Thompson has hit a team-high three home runs. Thompson also leads the team with 28 RBI. Right hander Javi Salas (4-4, 3.14 ERA in 10 starts) will get the starting pitching assignment on Wednesday.
Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
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