Oct. 9, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University baseball players have concentrated on perfecting the game’s fundamentals during the first week of fall practice in preparation for a challenging 2013 season. These sessions and intra-squad games have featured high-spirited competition among returning and new players.
“It was a good first week and we have accomplished our early objectives,” said Head Coach John McCormack. He noted that developing depth at all positions has been a main focus of this fall.
“Our fall intra-squad scrimmages have allowed the new pitchers to get as many innings as possible,” he added. “This has also benefitted our hitters, which have been getting important live at-bats against our talented, young pitchers. The scrimmages have also allowed the coaching staff to examine different playing combinations on the field. We can see how the players deal with playing different positions.”
Experienced upper-class players excelled in the most recent intra-squad game, on October 8. Sophomore infielder Ricky Santiago had a two-run single that broke a tie; senior first baseman Mark Nelson slapped a two-run double to left field; and senior outfielder Corey Keller followed with a run-scoring single.
Among newcomers, junior catcher Levi Meyer legged out a double.
“The newcomers have made the transition to the college game very well,” noted McCormack. “The coaches and the newcomers did a good job during the (early-fall) individual drill sessions to prepare the players for the start of team drills.”
The Owls are scheduled face Team British Columbia on October 24 in its only exhibition game. Then, the team will have its annual four-game intra-squad World Series on November 7-10.