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2012 Baseball Top Ten Highlights: No. 4 - R.J. Alvarez's Performance as Closer
R.J. Alvarez's dominating 2012 season earned the No. 4 spot on the top 10 countdown of season highlights

Aug. 6, 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. looks back at the top 10 highlights from the successful 2012 season. The countdown continues with R.J. Alvarez’s transition into the league’s best closing relief pitcher in the conference and a third-round draft pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft.

The Scene: Alvarez moved to the bullpen after spending his first two seasons in Boca Raton as a starting pitcher in the Owls’ rotation. The right hander played a vital role in the team’s championship season.

Supporting Information: Alvarez played a key role in a FAU relief staff that helped the team to a 28-0 record in games it had a lead in the seventh inning. He recorded eight saves and two victories in SBC games, and had a 5-0 record with a 0.72 earned run average, with 47 strikeouts, in 37.2 innings for the season. The right hander struck out three or more batters in eight of his 22 games. Six of his eight saves were two-inning appearances.

The Play: The Royal Palm Beach native was reliable and consistent throughout the season. However, one outstanding performance came at Middle Tennessee State University on March 24. Alvarez allowed just one hit in two flawless innings to record the second of eight saves on the season.

Key Stat: Alvarez’s performance marks the third consecutive year that the Owls had the only reliever to earn first-team Sun Belt postseason honors. He also turned the 2012 season into being the top pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the postseason Major League Baseball draft.



Schedule of 2012 FAU Baseball Highlight Countdown:

No. 10 – Spano’s walk-off single in 10th inning against Western Kentucky

No. 9 – Seigel’s Big Day against South Alabama

No. 8 – Garton’s Pitching Consistency

No. 7 – Cooney’s Jersey and Number Retirement

No. 6 – Nelson’s Performance in March FIU Series

No. 5 – Albaladejo’s Transition to Second Base

No. 4 – R.J. Alvarez’s Performance as Closer

No. 3 – August 8

No. 2 – August 10

No. 1 – August 13

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