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Successful Fall Has Baseball Looking Forward to Spring on Diamond
Senior catcher Mike Spano is one of eight returning starters for the 2013 baseball season

Dec. 6, 2012

Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team has the pieces in place to have another successful spring season after completing a successful fall practice. The Owls are now ready to defend their Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship and prepare for their 15th consecutive winning season.

“The fall went very well. We accomplished what we needed to put ourselves in position to have a successful 2013 season,” said John McCormack, FAU’s head baseball coach.

The fall preseason practice sessions featured an exhibition game against Team British Columbia on October 24 and an alumni game on October 27 before concluding with the annual three-game Fall World Series from November 7-9. The team also played 14 intra-squad scrimmages.

Team Billings, coached by Assistant Coach Rich Billings, swept the Fall World Series against Team Hart, led by Assistant Coach Dickie Hart.

“This was the most talent that we have had in a fall practice period. There were very good battles and guys were pushing each other for playing time,” said McCormack, entering his fifth year as the Owls head coach.

Leading the returnees was senior first baseman Mark Nelson, one of eight returning starters for last year’s championship team.

“Mark had a fantastic fall, hitting the ball to all fields and being a strong defensive first baseman,” said McCormack. “He is one player that we’re expecting to have a great spring season.”

Other veterans having strong fall campaigns were sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales and senior outfielder Nathan Pittman.



“Mitch has gained some weight from last season. His offense has improved and he played a solid defense at shortstop,” said McCormack. “Nathan played with more enjoyment for the game through this fall.”

Impressive newcomers that will battle for positions this spring are junior-college transfers Levi Meyer and Tyler Rocklein.

“Tyler and Levi Meyer swung the bat well at the plate and played good defense,” said McCormack.

Pitching should once again be a team strength. Senior Michael Sylvestri and junior Kevin Alexander posted strong fall seasons, while senior Hugh Adams and junior Jeremy Strawn have bounced back from injury to compete throughout fall practice without any setbacks. Brandon Rhodes and Andrew Archer are newcomers that made strong first impressions on the mound.

The Owls open the 2013 season against the University of Cincinnati on February 15. View the entire schedule here.

Season and single-game baseball tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.

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