USA @ FAU Preview
USA @ FAU Preview
The Owls need to show up this weekend against the conference basement in South Alabama…need at least two games…Otherwise, we could be getting into some potential trouble…Conference Teams left on the slate are all ahead of FAU except USA and New Orleans:
We catch an early break, on Friday, with thier ace out of the line-up…but this will also be a battle of the "The Seasoned Veteran" vs. "The First Year Head Coach":
SOUTH ALABAMA: Steve Kittrell (South Alabama, 1971)
Career Record: 1,009-591-1 (27th season)
Record at USA: 976-572-1 (26th season)
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: John McCormack (Lynn, 1990)
Career Record: 15-10 (first season)
Record at FAU: 15-10 (first season)
FRIDAY: 6:30PM EST
SATURDAY: 4:00PM EST
SUNDAY: 12:00PM EST
HEADING INTO THE SERIES
The Jags' head to the Sunshine State for a weekend series with Florida Atlantic. USA hasn’t played since dropping Sunday’s series finale at Arkansas State. FAU has dropped three straight after losing a pitchers’ duel Wednesday at South Florida and dropping two of three against Louisiana-Monroe last weekend.
With Friday night starter Matt Jackson out for the week, the Jags haven’t settled on a pitching rotation for the series. Miles Ethridge and Chris LaGrow are both strong candidates for spot starts, but the bullpen will also need to step up if the Jags are going to win the first conference series. If LaGrow starts, all three of USA’s weekend starters will be lefties.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
USA: RHP Miles Ethridge (1-2, 8.80 ERA, 10 G, 30.2 IP, 44 H, 32 R, 30 ER, 14 BB, 35 K)
FAU: RHP Mike Gipson (2-2, 4.67 ERA, 6 G, 34.2 IP, 37 H, 24 R, 18 ER, 17 BB, 31 K)
USA: LHP Lance Baxter (3-2, 4.21 ERA, 7 G, 36.1 IP, 45 H, 20 R, 17 ER, 16 BB, 28 K)
FAU: LHP Barry Rooks (3-1 2.97 ERA, 6 G, 33.1 IP, 31 H, 16 R, 11 ER, 13 BB, 19 K)
USA: LHP Brandon Sage (1-4, 3.82 ERA, 10 G, 30.2 IP, 32 H, 19 R, 13 ER, 12 BB, 25 K)
FAU: LHP Adam Morrison (0-0, 4.95 ERA, 7 G, 20.0 IP, 25 H, 20 R, 11 ER, 11 BB, 19 K)
South Alabama and Florida Atlantic have met only six times, with three-game series in each of the past two seasons … FAU has taken two of three in both series … The Jags traveled to Boca Raton in 2007 and dropped the first two games before salvaging an 11-9 win in the series finale … Last year, USA won the opener 14-3 before dropping the next two games to the Owls … Ryan Bohanan went 7-for-12 with three home runs and six RBI in the series, and Eric Gonzalez earned a win by allowing two runs in 7.0 innings in the series opener.