July 30, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Any championship season is filled with many dramatic moments and fantastic finishers. That certainly was the case for the 2012 Florida Atlantic University baseball team as it captured the Sun Belt Conference’s regular-season title -- the Owls’ second league crown in the last three seasons.
FAU compiled a 32-22 record, marking the 14th consecutive winning season for the program. The team had a 19-8 mark in SBC play.
FAUSports.com will look back at the top 10 highlights from the 2012 successful season. The countdown continues with the jersey and number retirement of former Head Baseball Coach Kevin Cooney, a 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
The Scene: Florida Atlantic honored former baseball coach Kevin Cooney on February 25 as part of the season-opening home weekend series against Manhattan College.
Supporting Information: Cooney guided the Owls as head coach from 1988-2008 and led the program to seven NCAA Division I regional appearances. He compiled a 750-480-5 record over 21 seasons. Cooney’s 1999 squad tied a NCAA record with 34 consecutive victories, and was the first FAU team to advance to the regional round of the NCAA Division I tournament. Cooney’s 2002 Owls team advanced to the Atlanta Super Regional after defeating No. 3 seed Alabama. Thirteen FAU baseball players earned All-American honors, while 81 continued baseball in the professional ranks.
The Play: A day after his Athletic Hall of Fame induction, Cooney is honored during a special pregame on-field ceremony. While Cooney was on the mound to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, FAU announced the retirement of coach’s No. 20 jersey. The No. 20 stands along the right field wall of the FAU Baseball Stadium as a testament to Cooney’s contributions to the program and athletic department.
Key Stat: Cooney’s No. 20 uniform became the first number retired by FAU.
Schedule of 2012 FAU Baseball Highlight Countdown:
No. 8 – Garton’s Pitching Consistency
No. 7 – Cooney’s Jersey and Number Retirement
No. 6 – August 1
No. 5 – August 3
No. 4 – August 6
No. 3 – August 8
No. 2 – August 10
No. 1 – August 13