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FAU Baseball 2016 Opening Weekend Thread


The Owls commence their 2016 campaign today at 1:00 PM, and will play a double-header before solo games on both Saturday and Sunday. Here's the slate for the weekend:

2/19 vs. South Dakota State @ 1:00 PM

FAU: RHP David McKay (4-2, 3.19 ERA, 31 IP, 20 K, 10 BB, 11 ER)
SDSU: RHP Ryan Froom (5-3, 3.22 ERA, 67 IP, 48 K, 18 BB, 24 ER)

2/19 at Mississippi State 5:30 PM

FAU: LHP Brandon Rhodes (4-1, 3.78 ERA, 78.2 IP, 41 K, 14 BB, 33 ER)
MSU: RHP Dakota Hudson (1-1, 4.32 ERA, 16.2 IP, 26 K, 11 BB, 8 ER)

2/20 at Mississippi State @ 5:30 PM

FAU: RHP Marc Stewart (First season at FAU)
MSU: RHP Austin Sexton OR LHP Daniel Brown

2/21 vs. South Dakota State @ 12:00 PM

SDSU: RHP Andrew Clemen (1-1, 3.20 ERA, 39.1 IP, 47 K, 12 BB, 14 ER)


FAU Head Coach John McCormack will miss his first game in his eighth year as the Owls’ skipper this weekend as he recovers from cancer. Assistant Coach Jason Jackson will fill in in his absence. With the measure being taken as a precautionary means, McCormack is not expected to miss any other road games, and will return to the sideline when the team hosts LIU Brooklyn on February 26th at FAU Baseball Stadium.

The team will open the season away from Boca Raton for the first time since 2012 (at Alabama). The Owls have won on opening day six times in the last seven years. They were picked to finish 2nd behind Rice by league Coaches in the C-USA Preseason Poll.

The Owls return starting players at every position with the exception of catcher, where Gunnar Lambert is expected to make his first career start, replacing Kevin Abraham. Freshman Tyler Frank may also see time behind the plate.

Junior IF CJ Chatham (photo above) has been named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Chatham hit .335 in 2015 with 44 RBI. His 22 doubles led an FAU squad that was helped by his 19-game hitting streak late in the season. Chatham scored 44 runs and belted three triples and three home runs, slugging .496 on the year in 60 starts for the Owls.

Junior OF Christian Dicks (photo above) led FAU with eight home runs a season ago to go along with 39 RBI. The Jacksonville native scored 36 runs with seven doubles and two triples and was a perfect 7-of-7 on stolen base attempts. Dicks, in his first game as an Owl, hit a walk-off home run against Connecticut in the 2015 opener.

Junior IF/OF Brett Lashley (photo above) hit .274 last season, playing in 58 games with 51 starts. He scored 42 runs with 28 RBI and 27 walks and led FAU with nine sacrifice flies.

Projected Starters and 2015 Stats

1B: Esteban Puerta (.305, 34 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 36 BB, 34 K)
2B: Stephen Kerr (.307, 57 R, 10 2B, 1 HR, 23 RBI, 32 BB, 31 K, 15 SB)
SS: CJ Chatham (.335, 44 R, 22 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 44 RBI, 10 BB, 28 K)
3B: Brett Lashley (.274, 42 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 28 RBI, 27 BB, 24 K, 9 SF)
C: Gunnar Lambert (5 AB, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K)
LF: Christian Dicks (.268, 36 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 26 BB, 7 SB)
CF: Billy Endris (.329, 20 R, 3 2B, 4 3B, 8 RBI, 12 BB, 6 SB)
RF: Jose Bonilla Traverso (.500, 2 H - season cut short: injury)

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First hit of the year goes to Billy Endris, a full count, one out single to left field.

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Tyler Frank scores Sean Labsan to give FAU Baseball 1st run of the year. The Owls are officially on the board!
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FAU gets solid performance on the hill from McKay, wins first game of the season:

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So nice to have baseball season back. Now they are beating on Mississippi state 
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SOLID Road Victory over the #11 Team in the Land Tonight!

UPDATED SCHEDULE: 2016 FAU Baseball Schedule - FAU Owl's Nest
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Baseball just beat ranked Mississippi State. All they do is win and they still can't get a toilet after asking for five years. Maybe if we keep feeding the football program it will some day turn a profit and all will benefit. Till then, the guys just quietly tear it up. Brandon Rhodes was great in the start tonight.
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Post of The Day…

Local Owl said

All they do is win and they still can't get a toilet after asking for five years.
Posted On: Feb 19th 2016, 9:19 PM #354746

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Just looked at the stats for the two Friday's games, Puerta was unstoppable.
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Amazing that, just like football, when we win the closest thing to a compliment we get from their media covering the game (in the two articles I've seen) is "FAU isn't a bad team."

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