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SERIES THREAD: FAU vs. UTSA May 10th-12th, 2019

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Owls Hope to End Two-Game Skid in San Antonio



What: #24 Florida Atlantic (32-16, 17-7) @ UTSA (35-25, 10-13)

When: Friday, May 10th at 7pm EST
           Saturday, May 11th at 5pm EST
           Sunday, May 12th at 12:30pm EST
 
Where: Roadrunner Field

Series History: The Owls hold a 9-6 all-time advantage over the Roadrunners


Video: CUSA.tv *FEE

Live Stats: Here

UTSA Team Site: Here



Projected Starting Pitchers

Friday
FAU- Blake Sanderson, R-Sr. RHP (7-2, 3.74)
UTSA- Karan Patel, Sr. RHP (3-5, 3.00)

Saturday
FAU- Mike Ruff, Jr. RHP (5-3, 5.94)
UTSA- TBA

Sunday
FAU- TBA
UTSA- TBA


Owls at a Glance:

The Owls pulled out a great series win against league leaders Southern Miss last weekend, despite dropping the final game of the three-game set. Andru Summerall won Co-Conference Hitter of the Week for his 6 hits, 7 runs, and 9 RBIs in the series.

FAU is now second in the conference with a 17-7 mark, and are still ranked at #24 in the nation and #31 in RPI despite a two-game losing streak. Most recently, the Owls collapsed late to Sam Houston State, falling 12-11.

While the Owls will look to upend UTSA in hopes of regaining the top spot in C-USA, FAU has already clinched a spot in the C-USA Championship Tournament with Southern Miss. FAU and USM are the only two teams to have clinched so far.

Coach John McCormack will continue his recent trend of having ace Blake Sanderson start the series opener, with rising star Mike Ruff taking the mound in the middle match. As we have seen in recent weeks, Sunday's SP is to be announced.

The Owls have put themselves in striking distance of first place thanks to their solid hitting in conference play. As it stands, FAU is first in the conference in batting avg (.300), slugging pct (.452), runs scored (345), hits (515), RBIís (323), and home runs (50). UTSA outranks FAU in two offensive categories, OBP (.398), and doubles (105). Still, FAU is not far behind with have an OBP of .392 and 91 doubles this season.

This series in San Antonio caps off a long seven game road trip through the deep South, while being the final regular-season away series for the Owls.



Roadrunners at a glance:

The UTSA Roadrunners currently sit 8th in the conference with a record of 10-13. The team split their series against Marshall, but were rained out from game three. This did not stop the 'Runners from coming away victories in mid-week game against in-state rival Incarnate Word, beating the Cardinals 6-4.

It is worth noting that UTSA is one of the three clubs that have beaten league leaders Southern Miss in a series. The other two being FAU last week in Hattiesburg and FIU early in the season in Miami.

Despite their low ranking, UTSA has a handful of strong offensive players. Senior OF Ryan Stacey leads the team with a .368 AVG, good for third in the conference. Senior INF Bryan Arias leads the team with 8 home runs while fellow infielder Bryan Sturges is the teamís top run producer with 40 on the season.

The Roadrunnerís ace, Karan Patel will get the nod for Friday. The senior's 3.00 ERA is certainly nothing to shake your head at, as it is the second best mark in C-USA. The only advantage the Owls pitching staff hold over UTSA is in strike outs looking. FAUís Mike Ruff currently has 22 Kís looking while Patel has 20.

After their series against FAU, the Roadrunners will play the Charlotte 49ers in North Carolina for their last regular season conference series.
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Cool night in San Antonio, Hopefully the bats won't be!

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Moving right along!

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Roadrunners strike first…courtesy of a bloop single that got away from Summerall in left field.

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Sanderson settling in…unfortunately, the O has not shown up yet. But now IS the time. Let's Go!

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Owls put a runner in scoring position, finally, but can't advance him. Remains anyone's contest in San Antonio.

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At some point, you have to think that FAU will show some bat action. In the meantime, UTSA still has Patel in, who is now at 111 pitches.

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Patel is done, with one on base after a lead-off walk. NOW IS THE TIME.

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Go to the pen, and pay the price!

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Coletti deals a solid first frame…

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