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FAU Baseball Picked to Finish 3rd in 2019 Preseason Coaches Poll

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The 2019 preseason Conference USA baseball awards were announced on Thursday by the league office, with member coaches voting the Florida Atlantic University squad third, while reliever Zach Schneider has been named to the Preseason All-Conference team.

The Owls trail just Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech in prognostication, with USM gaining eight of the possible 12 first-place votes, and LA Tech two. Both of the league’s Owls, FAU and Rice, got one top vote each, and are third and fourth, respectively. FIU rounds out the top five.

“Preseason polls are great to talk about, but they have no bearing on how the season plays out,” said Head Coach John McCormack. “I appreciate that the other coaches think we have a good team, but we still have to do it on the field.”

Schneider is coming off a banner debut year with FAU, recording 15 saves and posting a 6-1 record and 2.08 ERA when pitching out of the bullpen. That saves mark is the second-highest in FAU history, and he is already third all-time on the program’s all-time list.

“Congrats to Zach being named to the All-C-USA Preseason team,” added McCormack. “It is a well-deserved honor. It is always nice to be recognized by the other coaches in league.”

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PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1.            Southern Miss (8)                
2.            Louisiana Tech (2)
3.            Florida Atlantic (1)
4.            Rice (1)
5.            FIU
6.            Charlotte
7.            UTSA
8.            UAB
9.            Old Dominion
10.          WKU
11.          Marshall
12.          Middle Tennessee

(first place votes in parentheses)
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Looking at the list of 12, the first thing that I think is ,wow, C-USA is a good baseball conference. Al the teams are quality.
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Local Owl said

Looking at the list of 12, the first thing that I think is ,wow, C-USA is a good baseball conference. Al the teams are quality.
Posted On: Jan 24th 2019, 5:35 PM #384820

So the Blue Raiders, who were picked to finish last, do this in their first weekend of action:

Middle Tennessee pitchers allowed just one earned run in 27 innings (0.33 ERA) against Bowling Green.

Is Bowling Green that bad, or was MTSU simply underrated??

Long time to go, but still…that's pretty impressive.

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So, looks like the ONLY Coach who thought we could win it was McCormack himself!

That said, how fitting he gets the top award for the league:

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Overall, the Owls did very well in the post season award category  :cool:

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