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SERIES THREAD: #15 FAU vs MTSU - Mar 18th - 20th, 2016

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Who: No. 15 Florida Atlantic (13-2) at Middle Tennessee (10-7)

Friday 3/18 @ 7:00 PM
 
FAU: LHP Brandon Rhodes (3-1, 2.39 ERA, 26.1 IP, 22 H, 14 K, 4 BB)
MT: RHP Nate Hoffman (0-2, 6.16 ERA, 19 IP, 26 H, 15 K, 3 BB)

Saturday 3/19 @ 12:00 PM - Fox Sports Florida

FAU: RHP Marc Stewart (2-0, 1.12 ERA, 24 IP, 15 H, 10 K, 9 BB)
MT: LHP Tyler Troutt (1-2, 2.74 ERA, 23 IP, 19 H, 16 K, 9 BB)

Sunday 3/20 @ 1:00 PM

FAU: LHP Sean Labsan (1-0, 1.8- ERA, 5 IP, 3 H, 8 K, 3 BB)
MT: LHP Jake Wyrick (2-1, 3.38 ERA, 13.1 IP, 6 H, 17 K, 11 BB)


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The Owls took two of three against Rutgers this past weekend (9-8, 4-5, 3-2) in a gritty series where each contest was decided by just a single run. This is in contrast to the season collectively, where the squad has out-scored opponents 107-50, or four runs per game.

Junior Sean Labsan (pictured above) went .389 at the plate with two home runs and a double for four RBI and three runs scored. Labsan was also the winning pitcher on Tuesday, in a game where his solo home run earned himself the victory. He struck out seven in his three innings on the hill, giving up just one hit.

With normal Friday night starter David McKay struggling with his control as of late, skipper John McCormack is shuffling the rotation against the Blue Raiders, and moving Brandon Rhodes into the opening slot. Marc Stewart will take his place on Saturday and Labsan will get the call on the hill Sunday. Usually a midweek option, the crafty junior has been slowly building his pitch count since coming back from injury and looks primed to make an impact although his time will be limited to about 60 pitches.

To date, all of FAU's regular starters have scored at least nine runs and each have at least two extra-base hits. The Owls boast a team on-base percentage of .405 and are batting .313 with 33 doubles, six triples and nine home runs, while slugging .455.

Junior RHP Cameron Ragsdale earned three saves last week, dealing three shutout innings with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed to bring his season total to five saves.

The Blueraiders dropped a 9-4 midweek home tilt to Belmont on Tuesday night. Middle Tennessee (10-7) gave up six runs to the Bruins before getting through two full innings, making a comeback attempt a tall task early on.

Last weekend MTSU took 2-3 from Kennesaw State. Head Coach Jim McGuire collected his 100th win at Middle Tennessee in the team's 9-3 win in the Friday opener. Junior OF Brad Jarreau has three-straight multi-hit games and hit .571 in the series, including the game-winning home run in the finale.

Jarreau needed only a double for the cycle Sunday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and home run in the Blue Raiders' series-clinching, extra-inning win. MT improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games this season with that 8-6 win in 10 innings. Senior RHP Garrett Ring lowered his ERA to 0.60 with no runs allowed in two appearances during the weekend, including three innings of one-hit, shutout relief with four strikeouts on Sunday.
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Saturday's game will be televised. Comcast 37 or 401 in Boca/Delray.
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Hopefully weather doesn't factor in. Saturday and Sunday looking like it's going to be in the 50's for highs. For south Floridians that's going to feel like 20 degrees lol. 
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roscoeowl said

Hopefully weather doesn't factor in. Saturday and Sunday looking like it's going to be in the 50's for highs. For south Floridians that's going to feel like 20 degrees lol. 
Posted On: Mar 17th 2016, 6:23 PM #355260

Upper 40's on Sunday…with 40% chance of rain on top of that all game long.

 :Cold:   :Rainning:   :Cold:
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We aren't off to a good start in Game One as Rhodes gives up 5 runs in the 1st inning.

 :Thinking:

And MTSU has already swatted THREE long balls.

FAU trails 8-3 top 4th.
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Owls strike for a pair of runs in the 4th and another in the 6th to narrow the margin to just two.

FAU down 8-6 in the top 7th.
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Comeback attempt falls short this time, FAU in the hole after Friday setback.


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even great teams have off nights.
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MTSU has a very good team. Always does. They are the cream of the c-usa in all around sports . (see Friday vs. Mich St.) They jumped om Brandon and that can happen. We need to brush it off and take the next two.Robbie Coursel may turn out to be our guy from the pen. Our hitters were not fooled by their pitchers. We just gave up a slam and didn't have enough innings to recover. We would have if it were a twelve inning game. Noon start . On TV. And go to It's Owl Time on 20th and buy some stuff for the family. Happy Third Anniversary Mark !
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Game is televised today, here's where it can be viewed:

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