SERIES THREAD: Old Dominion vs #14 FAU - Apr 24th - 26th, 2015
What: Old Dominion (19-21, 6-12 C-USA) at FAU (31-9, 13-5 C-USA)
When: Fri, Apr 24th at 6:30 PM
Sat, Apr 25th at 4:00 PM
Sun, Apr 26th at 12:00 PM
Where: FAU Baseball Stadium
FAU leads 2-1 after taking 2014's inaugural series by scores of 9-4, 8-7, and 1-12 (7).
Projected Starting Pitchers
Fri: ODU - RHP Greg Tomchick (3-4, 3.05 ERA)
FAU - RHP Kyle Miller (4-1, 3.74 ERA)
Sat: ODU - RHP Nick Hartman (0-4, 6.05 ERA)
FAU - LHP Sean Labsan (2-1, 3.03 ERA)
Sun: ODU - LHP Adam Bainbridge (3-1, 2.36 ERA)
FAU - LHP Brandon Rhodes (1-0, 3.06 ERA)
The Owls won two-of-three games at Southern Miss over the weekend, posting double-digit hits twice against the best statistical pitching staff in Conference USA in the process. Sophomore SS CJ Chatham drove in six runs and scored four times for the week.
Adding to their impressive numbers, FAU has now outscored opponents by 135 runs (305-170) on the season, has 122 extra-base hits, and has drawn 216 walks.
Wednesday's series deciding game three against Miami was postponed due to rain. However, it never came. Regardless, the Owls will now have to wait until late in the season to decide bragging rights against the Top 10 foe - something which is sure to factor in to post season jockeying.
The mound lineup will likely not change for Florida Atlantic this weekend, as normal Saturday hurler Drew Jackson is officially listed as "doubtful", and continues to rest a case of dead arm. Rhodes was scheduled to go about two innings against the Hurricanes, and still remains in the Sunday spot.
Old Dominion knocked off Richmond 11-5 in their midweek action on Wednesday. Senior outfielder Josh Eldridge wwent 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, while a red hot Nick Walker added 3 hits and 3 RBI.
The Monarchs dropped two-of-three games against Marshall over the weekend (1-6, 1-5, 6-2), but Walker had a career best 4-for-4 day Sunday with three RBI, including his team-best fifth home run of the season. He was 5-for-10 (.500) in the series with two doubles, a homer and three RBI.
Sophomore LHP Adam Bainbridge tossed a complete game three-hitter over Marshall in that win. Bainbridge gave up the two runs and three hits in the first inning and only allowed one batter to reach base the rest of the way. He retired 19 straight batters at one point and then retired the final seven batters for his first collegiate complete game. Bainbridge fanned six with no walks for his third straight win.
Through three home C-USA series', senior infielder Taylor Ostrich is batting .429 (15-for-35) with five multiple-hit games.
The weekend should present more favorable conditions for play than last. Rain is expected in the afternoon on Friday but should clear out prior to first pitch at 6:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday offer only slight chances of precipitation but rising temperatures.
Top 1st: Miller has allowed 2 hits, and 1 run so far. The bases are loaded with two outs.— FAU Owl's Nest (@TheOwlsNest_ITB) April 24, 2015
Top 1st: Miller allows a double that clears the bases and Old Dominion has jumped on the Owls for a 4-0 lead. McCormack out on the mound.— FAU Owl's Nest (@TheOwlsNest_ITB) April 24, 2015
Top 2nd: That was fast. Miller's day is done. Freshman David McKay is on the mound for relief to start the 2nd inning.— FAU Owl's Nest (@TheOwlsNest_ITB) April 24, 2015
Mid 2nd: McKay hasn't looked any better. Leadoff walk, back-to-back base hits and ODU tacks on another run to lead 5-0. Still 0 outs.— FAU Owl's Nest (@TheOwlsNest_ITB) April 24, 2015