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FAU Baseball 1st in 2013 SBC Preseason Poll; Gomber & Nelson 1st Team



Florida Atlantic University baseball players Austin Gomber and Mark Nelson have earned preseason All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) recognition by the league’s coaches.  The Owls were also picked to place first overall.

“Mark and Austin have worked extremely hard and deserve this honor,” said McCormack. “Both will play a big role in the success of this year’s team.”

FAU won the SBC regular season title in 2012 behind a 32-22 overall record and a 19-8 record in SBC play. This season, the Owls return six starters from that squad and four starting pitchers, including Gomber and Nelson.

“It is an honor that we have been picked as the preseason favorites especially in such a prestigious baseball league,” said John McCormack, FAU’s head baseball coach. “It does put a target on your back each weekend, if it already wasn’t. It’s a great honor as we are ready for the challenge.”


2013 SBC Coaches Predicted Order of Finish

(first place votes)

1. Florida Atlantic (5) - 89 pts
2. FIU (1) - 85 pts
3. South Alabama  - 67 pts
4. Troy  - 61 pts
5. Arkansas State (1) - 60 pts
6. Middle Tennessee (1) - 56 pts
7. Western Kentucky  - 42 pts
8. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) - 39 pts
9. Louisiana-Monroe (1) - 31 pts
10. UALR  - 20 pts


2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball Team

Chance Cleveland (UALR, Senior, RHP)
Austin Gomber (Florida Atlantic, Sophomore, LHP)
Michael Ellis (FIU, Junior, RHP)
Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee, Sophomore, LHP)
Nate Hill (Troy, Senior, LHP)
Aramis Garcia (FIU, Sophomore, Catcher)
Mark Nelson (Florida Atlantic, Senior, 1B)
Logan Kirkland (South Alabama, Sophomore, 2B
Dustin Jones (Arkansas State, Junior, SS)
Logan Pierce (Troy, Senior, 3B)
Logan Uxa (Arkansas State, Senior, OF)
Trent Miller (Middle Tennessee, Junior, OF)
Danny Collins (Troy, Junior, OF)
Whitt Dorsey (South Alabama,  Senior, DH)
Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, Junior, UTIL)


2013 Preseason Player of the Year

Logan Pierce (Troy, Senior, 3B)


2013 Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Chance Cleveland (UALR, Senior, RHP)
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Re: FAU Baseball 1st in 2013 SBC Preseason Poll; Gomber & Nelson 1st Team

How would we look if we were playing in C-USA? With a team like Rice ,who won the College W.S. in '03 and sent some legit players to the majors (Lance Berkman, Phillip Humber), are they considered to be a very good baseball conference? Better competition than the Belt?

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: FAU Baseball 1st in 2013 SBC Preseason Poll; Gomber & Nelson 1st Team

Yes higher RPI
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Re: FAU Baseball 1st in 2013 SBC Preseason Poll; Gomber & Nelson 1st Team

Put it this way, our baseball team is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more prepared to make the jump to CUSA than our freaking Basketball team.

I just wish we had someone that would stroke a check specifically for this program to do the right things, we could be a national presence, year in year out. It's the only sport we've got a real chance of doing that regularly.
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Re: FAU Baseball 1st in 2013 SBC Preseason Poll; Gomber & Nelson 1st Team

Would 15 million dollars get us some real stands, bathroom, concession and a better score board. I will like im at a high school stadium when i go to games there.
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Re: FAU Baseball 1st in 2013 SBC Preseason Poll; Gomber & Nelson 1st Team

Anyone going to the tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC?  Looks like some good games against NC State, Coastal Carolina and West Virginia.  I'm thinking about it?

GO OWLS

* Sun Belt Champions & New Orleans Bowl Champions-2007
* Motor City Bowl/Little Ceasers Pizza Bowl Champions-2008
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