SERIES THREAD: #16 Southern Miss vs FAU - March 23-25, 2018
What: #16 Southern Miss (15-4, 2-0) at Florida Atlantic (RV) (16-5, 2-1)
When: Fri, Mar 23rd at 6:30 PM
Sat, Mar 24th at 4:00 PM
Sun, Mar 25th at 12:00 PM
Where: FAU Baseball Stadium
Stream: CUSA.tv *FEE
The Owls trail 6-7 and have lost the last three meetings dating back to May 1, 2016.
Projected Starting Pitchers
Sat: SMU - RHP Nick Sandlin (3-0, 1.32)
FAU - LHP Jake Miednik (4-1, 1.95)
Sat: SMU - LHP Stevie Powers (2-0, 3.38)
FAU - RHP Mark Nowatnick (1-1, 3.18)
Sun: SMU - RHP Walker Powell (1-1, 3.50)
FAU - RHP Vince Coletti (1-1, 2.05)
Florida Atlantic will look to keep their perfect 12-0 start at home in tact against the C-USA favorite Golden Eagles.
The Owls will be coming off an emotional comeback against Miami on Wednesday night, one that saw them eclipse a 9-2 defict after five innings, as two-out grand slam by Eric Rivera capped a six-run ninth to clinch a series victory over UM for the first time since 2011 and only the third time in program history.
Rivera, already Co-C-USA Hitter of the Week for his performance in the five games prior, now has 18 RBI in his last seven games, and is hitting .560 over that span. He paces FAU with 21 RBI, tied for the third-highest mark in the league.
Not to be overlooked in the comeback to were three hits, two runs, two RBI and a home run robbery by David Miranda; two hits, two runs scored, and now a 16-game hitting streak for Tyler Frank; and a home run among two hits, two runs and two RBI for Cody Wilson.
Relief pitching was, and is still producing the opportunity for FAU to return to offensive favor. Mike Ruff and Jordan Poore combined for two innings that saw five strikeouts between them and kept the Hurricanes in check.
The Owls are receiving votes in both the Coaches Poll and the NCBWA Top 30.
After Tuesday night’s victory against Southern, SMU (15-4) has now outscored their opponents 170-78. Gabe Montenegro had a career-high night driving in four RBI off two hits and now leads the team with a .367 batting average. Luke Reynolds and Hunter Slater are close behind both with a .365 batting average and lead the team with 27 hits each.
Montenegro, Matt Wallner, Daniel Keating and LeeMarcus Boyd all had two-hit nights but the hit of the game went to Erick Hoard who launched a solo shot over the center field wall for his first home run for Southern Miss.
Nick Sandlin is expected to start for the Golden Eagles on Friday night with a 3-0 record and a 1.32 ERA. Sandlin matched a career-high with 14 strikeouts last Friday night against UTSA and earned Conference USA Pitcher of the Week and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors for his performance.
Walker Powell will make his first weekend series debut on the mound for Southern Miss on Sunday. Powell (1-1, 3.50) has started all five of the midweek games for the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles are ranked number 16 in the Coaches Poll but are notched at number 14 in the NCBWA Top 30.
Rick saidHad to revise the projected starters…Marman is not starting Saturday, with Nowatnick getting the nod instead.
Asked why, waiting for a response…Posted On: Mar 22nd 2018, 10:28 PM
Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh man. Say it ain't so. Any other series this season but this one. Dang.
However, I am not confident with the possibility of having to use a lot of extra pen for game two.
That leaves us very thin for game three…
They don't have great pitching aside from tonight, so lets hope it's a duke-fest we can pull out.
Three of their five hits have gone over the wall.
USM 4 FAU 1