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SERIES THREAD: Rutgers vs FAU - Mar 6th - 8th, 2015

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What:      Rutgers (1-6) at Florida Atlantic (11-2)

When:     Fri, Mar 6th at 6:30 PM
                Sat, Mar 7th at 4:00 PM
                Sun, Mar 8th at 12:00 PM


Where:    FAU Baseball Stadium

Stream:   Sun Only

Stats:       Here


Series:

The Owls lead 17-7, but lost the last series (5-2, 3-6, 4-10) in Boca Raton during the 2012 season.


Projected Starting Pitchers

Fri:        RU - LHP Howie Brey (0-1, 2.13 ERA)
             FAU - RHP Kyle Miller (1-1, 3.68 ERA)

Sat:       RU - LHP Mark McCoy (0-1, 7.27 ERA)
             FAU - RHP Drew Jackson (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sun:      RU - RHP Kyle Driscoll (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
             FAU - RHP Robbie Coursel (1-0, 1.88 ERA)


Game Notes





FAU reeled off its third sweep of the year against North Florida on Wednesday night. The clinching victory wasn't pretty, and in fact featured a season low three hits. But as Coach McCormack said, "…just take the win and move on".

The Owls missed consistency from normally reliable Stephen Kerr (1-for-9, .111), and Christian Dicks (1-for-7, .143), although the pair was responsible for three of the team's 11 runs scored for the series.

CJ Chatham (photo) began to emerge again (4-for-5, 2 DBL) until an ankle injury in game one sidelined him for the finale. Chatham is officially listed as a game time decision against Rutgers for Friday, but should see time at some point regardless.

At 11-2, the Owls are off to their best start since the 2004 campaign, when the team achieved a 12-1 mark out of the gate. Of note, the competition was arguably not as good at that time - featuring the likes of FAMU, Southern Illinois, and George Washington.

Conversely, Rutgers is off to a rough start at 1-6, which is somewhat understandable given the fact that they have yet to see the home field and won't until this week'ends contests are decided. Matters could actually be worse for the Scarlet Knights as a four game series against Tennessee was cancelled due to weather.

The Team opened 2015 with a 0-4 showing against Miami, which was highlighted by a 25-4 loss in game four. Their lone win came against C-USA member Old Dominion in what was the best offensive showing thus far with 13 runs scored - a figure that was just three off the total for the prior six contest's efforts combined.

With five positional starters and all five starting pitchers returning, the mound looks to be the strength of the squad for this year. Early on, the Scarlet Knights are hitting just .217 as a team, and do not have a player at or better than .300 with more than two plate appearances.

This will be the first year in the Big Ten Conference for the program after a 14-9 mark (3rd) in The American in 2014. Friday's starter Howie Brey, and outfielders Mike Carter (.269 2 DBL, RBI) and Vinny Zarrillo (.296, 2 DBL, 4 RBI), were tabbed by B1G head coaches as players to watch for the 2015 season.
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Anyone know how the weather will play out tonight?
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fau_hooter said

Anyone know how the weather will play out tonight?
Posted On: Mar 6th 2015, 9:20 AM #343212

Is that a loaded question?

 :Big-Grin:

Forecast is looking best for tonight actually…Sunday looks rough right now.
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fau_hooter said

Anyone know how the weather will play out tonight?
Posted On: Mar 6th 2015, 9:20 AM #343212

In south florida, there's only one guarantee

0% chance of snow

 :Big-Grin:
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Island_Owl88 said


In south florida, there's only one guarantee

0% chance of snow

 :Big-Grin:
Posted On: Mar 6th 2015, 10:29 AM #343215



On January 19th, 1977, snow fell in South Florida for the first time in recorded history. Residents and visitors were both surprised and thrilled at the rare  phenomena, and local newspapers ran headlines which were nearly as big as it would be for major national or world events. Snow was seen across all of southeast Florida as far south as Homestead and even on Miami Beach. Reports of snow were even received from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on the other side of the Gulf Stream from southeast Florida.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/mfl/news/SnowSouthFlorida35th.pdf


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Rick said

Island_Owl88 said


In south florida, there's only one guarantee

0% chance of snow

 :Big-Grin:
Posted On: Mar 6th 2015, 10:29 AM #343215



On January 19th, 1977, snow fell in South Florida for the first time in recorded history. Residents and visitors were both surprised and thrilled at the rare  phenomena, and local newspapers ran headlines which were nearly as big as it would be for major national or world events. Snow was seen across all of southeast Florida as far south as Homestead and even on Miami Beach. Reports of snow were even received from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on the other side of the Gulf Stream from southeast Florida.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/mfl/news/SnowSouthFlorida35th.pdf



Posted On: Mar 6th 2015, 10:56 AM #343217

0.0000001% then… One in a billion, I'll take my chances. lol
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Island_Owl88 said

0.0000001% then… One in a billion, I'll take my chances. lol
Posted On: Mar 6th 2015, 11:13 AM #343219

 :Big-Grin:

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Yes, I remember that day very well. 
I got a phone call at some ridiculous early hour from my girl friend who had never seen snow before. 

There is always that chance. 

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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we might better have a chance to play a doubleheader today, and wrap up the series tomorrow the way the weather is looking.
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Starters: 2B Kerr, 1B Lashley, RF Sanger, 3B Santiago, CF Collins, DH Puerta, LF Dicks, C Abraham, SS Chatham. P Miller.
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