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Series Thread: FAU vs USA

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Series Thread: FAU vs USA

Florida Atlantic (29-16, 17-7) @ South Alabama (28-18, 15-6)


Friday's Match-up:

May 7th @ 7:00pm ET


FAU: Projected starter - RHP Ryan Garton (5-1, 4.64 ERA)
USA: Projected starter - RHP D.D. Hanks (9-2, 3.38 ERA)

The Series: The Owls holds a 6-3 series lead over the Jaguars.  The Owls took two of three games from USA in their only appearance at Stanky Field, in Mobile back in 2008.


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Inside the Jaguars Dugout

  • [li]The Jaguars have been tough at home, are 19-7 overall and 7-2 in conference games at home.  USA have won six of its seven conference series, and has not lost an SBC series at home this season.[/li]
    [li]The Jaguars leads the conference in doubles (103), stolen bases (89) and steal attempts (115) and are tied for first with (533) hits.[/li]
    [li]Hold a team batting average of (.324) which is ranks second in the conference and in league play, the Jaguars leads the conference in runs scored (178), RBI (159), stolen bases (36) and steal attempts (49). [/li]
    [li]Jake Overstreet leads the SBC in RBI (64), and is tied for third nationally and averages  (1.39) RBI per game in league play which ranks 22nd nationally. [/li]
    [li]The Jags have two plays that rank near the top in stolen bases, Adam Heisler leads the SBC in stolen bases (24), and ranks 29th nationally, while Taylor White ranks second in the league with (23) steals and ranks 38th nationally.[/li]
    [li]The Jags average 8.5 runs and 11.2 hits per game in SBC contests, while USA pitchers allow just 6.9 runs per game in league games.[/li]

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Inside the Owls Dugout
  • [li]The Owls enters the weekend with a 9-7 reacord as road warriors and 8-4 in conference games. The Owls do come off a sweep of Arkansas State last weekend, and carry a 8-2 record in their last ten games heading into this weekend's series.[/li]
    [li]Ryan Garton enters Friday's contest with a 4.64 ERA, while holding opponents to .294 batting average.  Garton has 54 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched against and has issued 20 walks.[/li]
    [li]The Owls pitching rank second in the conference in opposing batting average (.276) and saves (11)….third in hits allowed (429), fourth in ERA (4.77) and strikeouts (328).[/li]
    [li]Dan Scheffler leads the Owls offensively with a (.397) batting average , (18) doubles, (13) home runs, (54) RBI,  and (50) runs scored. Scheffler leads the SBC in slugging (.788) and on-base percentage (.520) and is tied for the league lead in doubles, ranks third in batting average and fourth in home runs and RBI.[/li]
    [li]Andy Mee ranks second in the conference play with (77) hits, and fifth in batting average (.395).[/li]
    [li]The Owls hold a combined .309 batting average while holding opponents to a .276 average.  Have a combine 4.77 ERA with the opposition holding a 6.40 against Owl hitting.[/li]


Quote of the Day:

"They [players] feel no pressure in these one run games and do enough to keep winning which if fine…These one runs games are against good opponents too, so any time you are in these type of games and pull them out is always good.   As you get in conference tournament and hopefully beyond that these games get closer and tighter.  Its about managing the game in terms of being comical and collective through the nine innings…. They [players] have been fantastic about it, they don't panic and they keep plotting along and doing their thing….This is all based on the fact that we've pitched really well."

- Coach McCormack, commenting on the Owls holding a 10-3 record in one run games this season.



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The Owls collected two hits in the top of the 1st, including a lead-off single by Church, but strand both base runners.
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Garton retired the Jags in order...to end the 1st.
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The Owls strand two more base runners in the 2nd…Garton has now put down all six Jag batters he has faced with 1 KO and has held them hit-less after 2 innings of play.

No score in the ball game.

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Francois said

The Owls strand two more base runners in the 2nd…Garton has now put down all six Jag batters he has faced with 1 KO and has held them hit-less after 2 innings of play.

No score in the ball game.



He knocked somebody out???  ;D
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The Owls have managed at least one hit (4 total) in every inning, but have failed to string anything together to mound any type of threat.
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TeamBeer said

Francois said

The Owls strand two more base runners in the 2nd…Garton has now put down all six Jag batters he has faced with 1 KO and has held them hit-less after 2 innings of play.

No score in the ball game.



He knocked somebody out???  ;D

:D :D :D

He is cruising along…has now faced the minimum 9 batters in 3 innings of work.
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The Owls have used two singles (DelGuidice & Gratton) & a walk by Mesa to load the bases in the 4th - 1 out.
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Mee comes up big in the 4th...a 2out double clears the base and the Owls managed to push four runs across to take a 4-0 lead.
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The Jags finally managed their first single of the night…but Garton keeps them at bay.  The score remains 4-0 in the Owls favor.
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