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Over a Dozen Baseball Owls Plying their Craft in Summer Ball
July 6, 2017

BOCA RATON, Fla.  The Florida Atlantic University baseball team has a vast majority of returnees from the 2017 squad suiting up for various summer teams across the country.

All told, there are 16 current Owls playing in seven different leagues during their summer break. They span from California to Maryland, New York to Massachusetts, to three different associations in the Sunshine State. Here is a breakdown of the FAU Boys of Summer:

 

CAPE COD LEAGUE

Tyler Frank, Hyannis Harbor Hawks / Team USA Collegiate National Team

Frank played just four games for the Harbor Hawks, batting .267 with four RBI, before heading to Cary, North Carolina, to attend the Collegiate National Team tryout camp. He has survived to the final cut, as one of 26 players currently playing against Cuba. The squad will be trimmed to the 24-man roster ahead of the July 12 series opener vs. Japan. Frank has started eight, and played in nine, of Team USA’s 12 games to this point, which included scoring the game-winning run on June 28 against Chinese Taipei, and on June 23, a 3-for-4 game with two doubles, three RBI, and five runs scored. The rising junior has been asked to play every infield position as well as catcher and leftfield for the national squad.


 

 

Kyle Marman, Bourne Braves

Marman has gotten the ball five times for the Braves thus far, with one start. His record is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, striking out 10 batters in 10 innings of work. The junior-to-be has not allowed an earned run out of the bullpen, including a four-inning scoreless stint on July 4. His relief stat line reads seven innings, six hits, one unearned run, no walks and five strikeouts.

 

CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

David Miranda, Orange County Riptide

Miranda was recently named a CCL All-Star and leads the Riptide with a scorching .403 batting average, on a team-best 25 hits in 62 at-bats. He also paces the squad with 25 RBI, which leads the CCL, has another team high of nine doubles, and is second on the squad with two home runs. He notched two or more hits in 11 OC games, and had a four-game stretch from June 23-June 26 where he batted .615 (8-for-13) with five runs scored and 13 RBI. The final game of that was a 3-for-4 showing with two doubles, a home run, and five RBI, and he also had a grand slam on June 24.

 

CAL RIPKEN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Blake Sanderson, Bethesda Big Train

Sanderson is the Big Train’s co-leader in games started, with five, holding a record of 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA. He picked up the win in the season opener on June 6, going five innings and allowing just one run on four hits with six strikeouts. He has gone at least three innings in each start, twice had scoreless outings (June 18 and July 5), and has 18 strikeouts versus just one walk in 18 2/3 innings pitched. In the opener, he batted for himself as well, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single. The following day, he started at designated hitter, walked twice and scored two runs.

 

COLLEGIATE LEAGUE OF THE PALM BEACHES

Pedro Pages, Jupiter Wave

Pages is batting .333 for the Wave with a double and four RBI, and is third on the team with a .462 on-base percentage. In back-to-back outings, he knocked in two runs apiece, in wins on June 22 and June 29. He recently was named a CLPB All-Star as well.

Jordan Poore, Jupiter Wave

Poore has not been scored against in five outings on the mound for the Wave, spanning 13 innings of work, and too was selected as a CLPB All-Star. He’s allowed just three hits and three walks, while striking out a team-high 19 batters. The soon-to-be-redshirt sophomore picked up a win in relief on June 8, and also has appeared in the lineup on five occasions. He has two hits on the year, a run scored, an RBI and four walks.

Nick Prather, Jupiter Wave

Prather, the third FAU member of the Wave, was also chosen as a CLPB All-Star, as he’s pitched to a sparkling 2.00 ERA and has a 2-0 record that leads the team. In five games pitched, with one start, he’s allowed just six hits and two runs in nine innings, walking five and striking out 11. His wins came on June 3 and June 24, each scoreless outings. His longest stint was three innings of scoreless baseball on June 20.

 

FLORIDA COLLEGIATE SUMMER LEAGUE

Eric Keating, Altamonte Springs Scorpions

Keating ties for the Scorpions’ team lead with four starts, going 1-1 thus far with a 2.77 ERA. His win came while pitching five hitless innings on June 7. Only one batter reached that day, on an error, as the rising junior struck out seven with no walks in a dominating performance. This summer’s first earned runs against him came on June 30, and opposing batters are hitting just .240 overall against him.

Gunnar Lambert, Sanford River Rats

Lambert, who sat out last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, hasn’t missed a beat at the plate for the River Rats. He leads the squad with a .346 batting average, has one home run and six RBI. He got a hit in his first game of the summer slate on June 13, added a 3-for-4 game on June 20, and notched the home run on June 28.

Chris Moore, Winter Garden Squeeze

Moore has made three starts on the mound in six games pitched for the Squeeze. He’s tied for second on the team with 18 2/3 innings pitched, with a record of 0-2 and a 3.86 ERA. In each hard-luck loss, he gave up just one run, and had a season-best four strikeouts in both. Overall, the redshirt freshman-to-be has 15 strikeouts and has issued just three walks, with zero BB over his last 13 innings of work.

Drew Peden, Leesburg Lightning

Peden, who in his 2017 debut season for FAU led the Owls in appearances, has pitched eight times out of the bullpen for the Lightning without giving up a single run. In 8 2/3 innings, he has allowed just three hits, has not walked a single batter, and has struck out 14. He has picked up two wins and four of the team’s five saves, and has at least a strikeout in all but one appearance (and three K’s in three of the eight games). Batters are hitting just .103 against him.

Mike Ruff, Leesburg Lightning

Ruff, coming off his freshman campaign for the Owls, has three starts in seven total appearances for the Lightning. He is 0-1 with a 3.15 ERA, striking out literally a batter an inning (20 K’s in 20 IP). The team won each of the first five games in which he appeared, which included three games of four innings pitched each, and a best of five strikeouts in the opener on June 2.

 

PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE

Eric Rivera, Amsterdam Mohawks

Rivera has played in 26 of a possible 27 games for the Mohawks, and has heated up as of late. In back-to-back games, on June 27 and June 29, the rising sophomore hit walkoff home runs for, what was at that point, the team’s 10th and 11th straight victories. He hit his third home run of the summer this past Monday, July 3, has 13 RBI, and is batting .250 while playing all over the diamond (2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF and RF).

 

SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEGIATE LEAGUE

Kevin Abraham, Boynton Beach Buccaneers

Abraham just recently joined the Buccaneers but has already appeared in four games, starting three behind the plate. He had a double and RBI on July 1 and knocked in another run on July 3. He also currently holds a .385 on-base percentage, which would be fourth-highest on the team with a qualifying number of at-bats.

Steven Revilla, South Florida Huskies

Revilla, who redshirted this past season with the Owls, is fifth on the Huskies with a .289 batting average, including a .357 showing over his last six games. He batted leadoff in the very first game of the summer and walked and scored to start the game. On June 27, he was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and he knocked in three of his five summer RBI on July 3.

Andru Summerall, Delray Lightning

Summerall too was a first-year redshirt, and just like Revilla, is batting .289 for his summer league squad. He is tied for the Lightning lead with two home runs, as well as with 13 RBI. Midway through the slate, he had a stretch of four straight games (and six of seven) with at least one RBI and holds a total of 12. That included three knocked in on June 17 and four on a grand slam the very next game, on June 20.

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