Senior Mark Nelson leads the Owls with 36 runs batted in
May 15, 2013
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team looks to continue its strong late-season play when it closes out the regular season at FIU in a three-game Sun Belt Conference (SBC) series, starting on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. in Miami. The Owls have won four straight games and are tied for third place in league play.
FAU stands 32-20 on the season and is coming off a 4-3 win over UCF in the 2013 home finale on May 14. The team is 16-11 in SBC action and is tied with the University of Louisiana for third place in the standings.
The Owls won a home series against the Panthers to open the league season on March 15-17.
The team's winning streak included a three-game sweep at Western Kentucky University (WKU) last weekend, outscoring the Hilltoppers 29-11 over the series.
Freshman Brendon Sanger continues to lead the team's offense with a .344 batting average and 38 runs scored. Junior Levi Meyer carries a .331 average into the final weekend series, and hit a two-run home run against UCF.
Senior Nathan Pittman has scored 37 runs while driving in an additional 32 runs from the leadoff spot in the batting order. He is one of four players hitting .320 or better on the season. Sophomore Mitch Morales had two hits against UCF to improve his batting average to .322.
On the mound, FAU leads the SBC with a 3.83 earned run average (ERA). Leading the rotation is sophomore Austin Gomber (5-4, 3.04 ERA), a left hander who earned SBC Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing 7.1 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in the early-season match up against FIU. Junior Jeremy Strawn(4-2, 3.44) has also been in the starting rotation all season.
Senior relief pitcher Hugh Adams (1-0, 2.70) leads the conference with 14 saves and is one save shy of tying the SBC record of 28 career saves. He has already had a productive week, being the winning pitcher at WKU on May 12 and earning a save against UCF on May 14. Sophomore Bo Logan (5-1, 2.62) retired the first 10 batters he faced in a relief appearance against UCF.
FIU is 25-27 on the season and is tied with WKU for fifth place in the SBC with a 13-14 league record. The Panthers are 19-15 at home this season. Aramis Garcia leads the team's offensive attack with a .342 batting average, 11 home runs and 49 RBI. Edwin Rios has legged out 20 doubles with 45 RBI. Josh Anderson has hit seven homers and recorded 20 doubles. Ty Alexander anchors the starting rotation with a 4-6 record and a 4.46 ERA.
Live audio and statistics of all three games will be available at www.fausports.com.