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GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

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GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM




What:    Florida Atlantic (6-1) vs Miami (7-0)

When:   Wednesday, Feb. 29th at 6:00 PM

Where:  Mark Light Field


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Projected Starting Pitchers:

FAU - RHP Jake Meiers       (1-0, 1.04 ERA, 6 K, 1 BB in 2012)
UM - LHP Stephen Ewing    (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 K, 2 BB in 2012)






Wednesday's contest will be the first of three regular season match-ups for the two squads in 2012.  The Hurricanes come in at #8 nationally, while the Owls have been recognized with a 35th ranking by PerfectGame.com.

The Hurricanes lead the all-time series at 48-10, but lost to Florida Atlantic 7-4 in the last meeting in Coral Gables. The Owls took the 2011 regular season series 2-1.

With four jacks already in just seven games, RF Alex Hudak (.462 avg) has already eclipsed his 2011 home run total for the Owls. 2B/C Mike Albaladejo is making his mark as a senior leader as well posting a team best .536 avg and is yet to commit a fielding error for FAU who has just six collectively (1st SBC).

Florida Atlantic's offense was somewhat of a question mark going into the year, but has outperformed the competition 2.26:1 in run ratio through the first seven games. The Owls currently boast a league best .332 team batting average, and are third in ERA (3.14).

Miami swept Albany over the weekend to extend their perfect mark on the year. Senior C Peter O'Brien (5.19 avg) is pacing the offensive attack for the Hurricanes, who will also look to take a free base at times (8-of-11).

Pitchers for Wednesday will offer familiar faces on both sides of the field. Stephen Ewing (1-2) has started the last five games against the Owls for Miami, with Jake Meiers was taking the hill to start in two of Florida Atlantic's 2011 contests (1-1).

"They swept Alabama on the road, which is amazing", said Canes Head Coach Jim Morris of FAU. "I know we better be ready to play."
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Re: Game Preview: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

A nice little mid-week win to boast us up more… good luck OWLS!!!

"Play Ball!"
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

ah. this sucks. i was really looking forward to taking this game. down 8-1 in the 3rd
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Exit39 said

ah. this sucks. i was really looking forward to taking this game. down 8-1 in the 3rd

+1

Not a good start…of course a Canes Grand Slam doesn't help either!

Final line on Meiers:

2IP, 8H, 8ER, 2BB, 2K's
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Owls go down in order in the top of the 4th…

FAU 1  UM 8
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Canes pick up a hit in the bottom half of of the inning, but leave the runner on…

Top 5th:

FAU 1  UM 8
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Florida Atlantic places two on, but a UM double play thereafter thwarts the matter…

FAU 1  UM 8


On a side note:

Mike Albaladejo is hitting at a ridiculous pace.

He's already 2-of-3 tonight.
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Kenny Sharpe takes care of the Canes in the bottom 5th…

FAU 1  UM 8
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Quiet 6th inning for both teams…score remains:

FAU 1  UM 8


Owls winding down on outs here…need some bat action pretty soon.

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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs Miami - February 29th, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Albaladejo (3-for-4) strikes AGAIN!

Homer to left gives the Owls another run…

Bottom 7th:

FAU 2  UM 8


Kevin Perez takes the hill for the Owls.

Final line on Sharpe:  4IP, 2H, 0R, 1K
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