2019 C-USA Baseball Championship Thread
The 2019 C-USA Baseball Championship will be held at MGM Park in Biloxi, MS May 22nd-26th and will feature the top eight teams in regular-season league play. The format consists of two double-elimination brackets with four teams each, and the winners of each bracket will meet in a single-elimination championship game.
After earning their second regular season Conference USA title in the past four years, and winning 8-of-10 conference seriesí in 2019, Florida Atlantic will be the No. 1 seed in this year's tournament. The Owls closed out the regular season with a sweep of MTSU (5-4, 8-7, 8-7) for the final weekend of play and currently have a RPI of 38.
Since joining C-USA in 2014, FAU is 9-8 in league tournament play. They failed to qualify in 2014, but will have been the number one seed twice including this season, while also taking the lead spot in 2016. In the other years, Florida Atlantic landed the 2-seed (2015), and 3-seed (2017 and 2018).
As a 1-seed FAU is 1-2 overall. They have been bounced by a 5-seed once, and a 6-seed twice. In 2018 they lost to eventual winner tournament Champion USM (1-seed) after enduring their longest stay of six contests.
The Owls took 2-of-3 against against 2019 first round opponent and 8-seed UTSA (8-5, 1-4, 6-2) earlier in the season.
They enter tournament week with the best team batting average (.298) and slugging mark (.443). They also enjoy the most RBI (364), runs scored (391), hits (588), home runs (56), and total bases (876).
Conversely, they place 7th in total team ERA (.489), and 10th in opposing team batting average (.289), and it would appear that success on the mound will be a key and deciding factor towards claiming the Championship.
Coach McCormack will employ the same line-up used last week on the mound with Blake Sanderson (7-2, 3.68 ERA) taking on UTSA, Mike Ruff (5-4, 5.92 ERA) getting the nod for game two, and to be announced thereafter.
Below is the slate for the full five days of action in Biloxi.
Wednesday, May 22 (ESPN+)
Game 1 (6) MAR 6 (3) LTU 4
Game 2 (7) Rice 4 (2) USM 6
Game 3 (8) UTSA 5 (1) FAU 6
Game 4 (5) ODU 4 (4) WKU 7
Thursday, May 23 (ESPN+)
Game 5 (3) LTU 3 (7) Rice 4
Game 6 (8) UTSA 3 (5) ODU 2
Game 7 (6) MAR 5 (2) USM 10
Game 8 (1) FAU vs. (4) WKU 10:00 PM
Friday, May 24 (ESPN+)
Game 9 (7) Rice 6 (6) MAR 3
Game 10 (8) UTSA 15 (4) WKU 8
Saturday, May 25 (ESPN+)
Game 11 (2) USM 6 (7) Rice 0
Game 12 (1) FAU vs. (8) UTSA
Game 13 N/A
Game 14 (x) TBD vs. (x) TBD 8:30 PM (if necessary)
Sunday, May 26 (CBS Sports Network)
Championship (2) USM vs. (x) TBD 2:00 PM
Local Owl saidAnd so the baseball tournamen starts. The ten o'clock game just finished after 12 innings. Multiple pitches. Ran late. Fau's five o'clock game will be more like ejght. These tornaments are mentally and physically a drain . Staying in the win column is key. Fingers crossed.Posted On: May 22nd 2019, 3:22 PM
They try to CRAM TOO MUCH into one day…it's ridiculous…split the fields…play two games at once…problem solved.
What:† † † (1) Florida Atlantic vs. (8) UTSA
When:† † †Wed, May 22nd at 5:00 PM
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Where:† † Biloxi, MS | MGM Park
Stats:† † † Here
FAU - RHP Blake Sanderson (7-2, 3.68 ERA)
UTSA - RHP Karan Patel (4-5, 2.82 ERA)
After back to back extra inning games, the Owls are finally less than an hour away from 1st pitch against #UTSA in the C-USA Championship Tournament! Blake Sanderson will make the start tonight here in Biloxi, let's #GoOwls! 👌— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 22, 2019
End of 1st | The Owls put 2 on the board this inning. Starting off with an RBI single from Francisco Urbaez, Mitch Hartigan then hit a ground out to 3B allowing Andru Summerall to score.#FAU 2 - #UTSA 0— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 23, 2019