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College Baseball Today 2010 SBC Preview

FLORIDA ATLANTIC (30-26, 12-17)

2009 RPI: 86

Starters Returning: 4
Weekend Starters: 2
Mid-Week Starters: 1
Key Relievers (20+inns.): 3

All Conference Candidates:
LHP Barry Rooks (3-2, 5.46)
RHP Glen Troyanowski (4-3, 5.75, 6svs)
SS Nick DelGuidice (.321-6-38)
OF Colby Gratton (.333, 10SBs)

The Good News:
The first season of the John McCormack era had some positives, including a sweet 13-3 start that gave the team some confidence. The 30 wins comes despite having to work in three new weekend starters on the hill. But Rooks and RHP Mike Gipson (4-5, 5.93) handled the pressure fairly well and will have bullpenners Troyanowski and Hugh Adams (3-2, 6.26, 3svs) as solid backups again this season. The offense hit .313 and returns three of the top five sticks, including DelGuidice and Gratton, who are joined by part-timer Mike “Iron Owl” Albaladejo, who hit .373 last season. A decent influx of talent comes in and J.C. transfer Andy Mee, an OF/RHP, and frosh RHP Kevin Alexander (a 39th round pick of Baltimore) should both make a big splash.

The Bad News:

The pitching was stuck out like a sore thumb, with an ERA of 6.37 and issuing a conference-high 281 walks. In addition, five .300+ hitters have gone the way of the buffalo, including most of the home run generating power in the order. The Blue Wave were also anything but a blue streak, stealing just 53 bases in 2009, many of those have moved on. When things went bad, things went REALLY bad, as 14 of their losses were by giving up double-digit run totals. Yikes.

Schedule Note:

Early tests will be telling.
The Owls will wing on up to Auburn in the second weekend of the season to play the home-team Tigers along with Missouri and Boston College. That should be able to tell us whether this team is ready to make a jump or not. Home weekends against Cincinnati and BC bracketing that weekend will also be great competition.

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