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SERIES THREAD: FAU vs. Middle Tennessee May 16th-18th, 2019

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Owls host MTSU in Regular Season Finale


What: #29 Florida Atlantic (34-18, 18-9) vs. Middle Tennessee (18-34, 11-16)

When: Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm EST
           Friday, May 17th at 6:30pm EST
           Saturday, May 18th at 12:00pm EST

Where: FAU Baseball Stadium

Series: The Owls own a 22-16 edge over the Blue Raiders, including an 8-4 advantage since both programs joined C-USA in 2013


Video: CUSA.tv *FEE

Live Stats: Here

Middle Tennessee Team Site: Here


Projected Starting Pitchers:

Friday
FAU- Blake Sanderson, R-Sr. RHP (7-2, 3.57)
MT- Zach Keenan, So. RHP (4-4, 4.48)

Saturday
FAU- Mike Ruff, Jr. RHP (5-4, 5.77)
MT- Peyton Wigginton, So. LHP (5-4, 4.76)

Sunday
FAU- TBA
MT- TBA


Owls at a Glance:

Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss are now tied for first place with 18-9 conference records and will head into the final weekend of the season battling for the regular season championship. Both teams will be at home, with FAU hosting Middle Tennessee and USM playing UAB to town. If they tie, FAU holds the tie-breaker by winning two-of-three games in Hattiesburg in the first weekend of May.

Despite a loss in their midweek game against UCF, the Owls offense has been extremely productive. Pedro Pages, Bobby Morgensen, and Eric Rivera were responsible for 10 of FAUís 17 hits.

Wilfredo Alvarez had a hot bat for the Owls last week through Sunday's series win over UTSA while going 8-for-15 with a .533 AVG for the period; which saw him tally eight singles, and score five runs.

Closing in on the end of the season, the team is currently ranked 1st in the conference in slugging pct (.445), runs scored (370), hits (554), RBIís (346), home runs (54), total bases, plate appearances, and at bats.

Middle Tennessee does not outrank FAU in any of the offensive categories, but the Blue Raiders pitching staff does have a better ERA than the Owls, as they have a 4.76 ERA on the season.

Their series against Middle Tennessee will be the last of regular season conference play before the Owls head to Biloxi, Mississippi for the C-USA Championship tournament.



Blue Raiders at a Glance:

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders currently sit tied for 9th in the conference with a record of 11-16. The team has lost their last 4 conference sets, and went 1-2 in their last series against FIU.

Middle Tennessee's leading hitter is Myles Christian who has 11 home runs on the season and is ranked among the conferences leaders in stolen bases and home runs. Blake Benefield has also been productive at the plate, hitting 9 home runs this season and is also ranked among conference leaders.

Middle Tennessee is still fighting among 5 other teams for one of the final two spots in the tournament with FIU, Marshall, UTSA, Charlotte, and UAB all looking to clinch a spot in Biloxi.
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Final stretch starts tonight, let's go!

 
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Not a great start for our Owls, but the game is still young! Plenty of time to take this thing back.

 
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The guys need to start waking up the offense. They've been given plenty of opportunities, but haven't been able to capitalize on any of them.

 
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Thank you Sandy!

 
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This is getting…

R-I-D-C-U-L-O-U-S

Pulled with 3ER and 7K in 5 complete innings but the bats haven't made a dent on the scoreboard against team with an RPI of 222! C'mon guys, Let's Go! Light the 🔥🔥🔥
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Rick said

This is getting…

R-I-D-C-U-L-O-U-S

Pulled with 3ER and 7K in 5 complete innings but the bats haven't made a dent on the scoreboard against team with an RPI of 222! C'mon guys, Let's Go! Light the 🔥🔥🔥
Posted On: May 16th 2019, 8:25 PM #386312

We look like the 222 rpi team.  
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Would really love if the offense made an appearance tonight.

 
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We have to win these 3 games.  Any loss to mtsu will both look bad on our resume and wont be nice to our rpi.  ODU is going to win the conf tourney.  
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Better late than never!! With one swing of the bat, Udie puts the Owls back in the game!

 
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