July 1, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's baseball team ended its 2013 season with a 42-22 record and were listed in four postseason top-25 polls. The Owls were ranked No. 20 by Baseball America and Perfect Game, No. 22 by ESPN and No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball.
"It is gratifying to see the pollsters appreciate what we accomplished during the season," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "It is a testament to how hard the players worked and they should be very proud."
The Owls won 14 of their last 16 games, captured the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title, advanced to the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional where they downed the nation's No. 1 seed and tournament host North Carolina. FAU forced a 13 inning battle in the regional championship game that saw the Owls return home but not before becoming the No. 1 topic trending on Twitter by night's end.
FAU returned home to see Hugh Adams earn All-American honors, Brendon Sanger receive regional recognition and Michael Sylvestri earn a selection in the 2013 major league draft, marking the 15th season in a row that an FAU player has been selected. Since that time, three additional players signed with independent teams. A total of 84 FAU players that John McCormack has recruited or coached at FAU have continued their professional baseball careers.
The NCAA Regional finale marked the second time under McCormack's direction that FAU has advanced to an NCAA Regional final and his first 40+ win season as a head coach. FAU was just one of two teams in the state of Florida to advance to the regional championship game.
The Owls won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Title, with a 16-8 victory over host Louisiana-Lafayette in the championship game.
Starting pitcher Austin Gomber and reliever Hugh Adams were named First Team All-Sun Belt, outfielder Nathan Pittman was named second team All-Sun Belt.
Closer Hugh Adams set the school's season saves record (18) as well as the FAU and the SBC career saves mark at 31.
Adams was named third-team All-American.
Brendon Sanger earned SBC Tournament MVP honors.
Hugh Adams and Brendon Sanger were named to the ABCA All-South Central Second Team.
Ricky Santiago (3B), Corey Keller (OF) and Nathan Pittman (OF) earned a spot on the Chapel Hill Regional Tournament team.
Hugh Adams, Mark Nelson and Geoff Jimenez earned a spot on the SBC tournament team.