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Series Thread: WKU vs FAU

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Series Thread: WKU vs FAU

The Match-up - Florida Atlantic: ( 19-14, SBC 9-6) - #19- Western Kentucky ( 27-9, SBC 9-3 )


Friday’s Match-up: April 16th - 6:30pm ET

FAU vs WKU - The Series:  The Owls lead the all time series 7-6, but did lose two of three games against the Hilltoppers last season at Nick Denes Field.


FAU: Projected starter - RHP  Ryan Garton (3-1, 4.86 ERA)
WKU: Projected starter - RHP Matt Ridings (7-0, 3.46 ERA)


Gametracker: HERE
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Inside the Hilltoppers Dugout
  • [li]The Hilltoppers Friday night starter senior Matt Ridings, has yet to lose a game this season, posting  a 7-0 record with a 3.46 ERA in eight starts.  [/li]
    [li]As a team the Hilltoppers hold a .318 batting average (5th in the Conference), a 3.97 ERA (3rd in the conference) and a .977 fielding percentage (2nd in the conference). [/li]
    [li]WKU relief pitcher Rye Davis has been named to the midseason watch list for the 2010 Stopper of the Year Award. Davis has registered seven saves, tops in the Sun Belt Conference. In 21 appearances, Davis has fanned 38 and walked just eight. He is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA on the season, and opponents are hitting .215 against him.[/li]
    [li]WKU ranks eighth in the nation in runs scored and third in the nation in triples. Matt Payton is seventh in the country in runs and second in triples.[/li]
    [li]WKU has scored 10 or more runs in 17 of its 36 games this season and have posted double-digit hit totals 24 times.[/li]
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Inside the Owls Dugout
  • [li]Mike Gipson is ranked third in the Sun Belt with 49 strikeouts on the season. Gipson has started eight games and holds a 6-1 record with a 2.68 ERA on the season.[/li]
    [li]The Owls have been riding the hot streaking Dan Scheffler, holds a team leading .405 batting average, 40 RBI & 10 Home Runs.  Scheffler hit two home runs in Tuesday's game Owls 7-4 victory against Lynn. [/li]
    [li]Raymond Church heads into this weekends series holding a 9 game hitting streak.  Church improved his season batting average to .310 with 36 hits, 10 doubles, 4 home runs & 24 RBI.[/li]
    [li]The Owls hold a 12-7 advantage playing in the confines of its home Field.[/li]
    [li]Playing short handed, the Owls will be without Anthony Mesa & Mike Albaladejo due to injuries.[/li]

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Quote of the Day: From Coach John McCormack on this weekends series.
""It's a big series for us, at this point in the season every series is big for us, but they are certainly one of the best teams in the Sun Belt and we have the opportunity to play them at home."



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Game is in rain delay…'till @7:30pm.
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8:32 PM update:

Looks like they are going to try and get this one in…umpires are heading to the plate after a two+ hour rain delay.

On a side note:

Sunday's game has been moved to tomorrow for a DH.

Start time for game one is 2:00PM…game Two is 5:00 PM.
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Garton works out of a jam in the top of the first thanks to a double play…

Owls get singles by Church and Mee in the bottom half of the inning, but WKU's Matt Ridings strikes out three to end the threat…

Through one complete:

WKU 0 FAU 0

Albaladejo is in the line-up for the Owls
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Garton issues his second walk of the night and the Toppers take advantage with back to back doubles that score two in the top of the second…

WKU 2 FAU 0
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Owls answer with 2 runs in the bottom half of the second thanks to three singles…as Gratton, Vergason, and Pittman (RBI) all single…Albaladejo (RBI) connects on a sacrifice fly to score Pittman…

Through two complete:

WKU 2 FAU 2
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A Topper double by Matt Rice double scores one in the top of the third for Western Kentucky…

WKU 2 FAU 2
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Owls go quietly and quickly in the bottom of the inning as Ridings fans two and garners a pop-up for the third out of the inning…

Through three complete:

WKU 3 FAU 2
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Garton issues his fifth walk of the night, but Owls turn a 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the fourth…

WKU 3 FAU 2
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Nathan Pittman serves up his first career homer in the bottom half of the inning to tie it up…

Through four complete:

WKU 3 FAU 3
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