Nov. 7, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team will wrap up fall practice with its own version of a World Series, a three-game event starting Tuesday, November 8, at the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The intra-squad scrimmages will conclude on Thursday, November 10.
First pitch for each game is set for 4 p.m., after team members complete conditioning and player development drills. The team will be split evenly to play the nine-inning games.
Key returning players for the 2011-12 season are senior catcher Mike Albaladejo, who is preparing for his fourth year as a starting player; senior outfielder Alex Hudak, last year's leading hitter (.360 batting average); senior right-handed pitcher Ryan Garton, last year's No. 1 starter; and relief pitcher Hugh Adams, an All-South Central Region selection last season. Also, redshirt freshman pitcher Kevin Alexander has returned to the mound one year after having successful arm surgery. Alexander currently leads the team's Iron Owl Award fall season standings.
Other returning letter winners include senior pitcher Ahmed Garcia, junior pitcher Jake Meiers, junior catcher Mike Spano, junior infielder Mark Nelson, junior outfielder Nathan Pittman, sophomore outfielder Geoff Jimenez and sophomore infielder Robert Buckley.
Talented freshman pitchers include Austin Gomber, Brett Nizamoff, Julian Loret de Mola and Chris Walkerow. Other newcomers expected to make an impact next spring are freshman infielder Mitchell Morales sophomore utility player Devon Workman, freshman infielder Ricky Santiago and freshman first baseman/pitcher Julian Loret de Mola.
FAU is preparing for one of its most challenging schedules, facing nine opponents that played in NCAA regionals last season, including national runner up University of Florida. The team will play its first 13 games against NCAA tournament qualifiers, beginning with a three-game series at the University of Alabama on Friday, February 17, 2012.