Season Opener against Cincinnati on February 19
Florida Atlantic University’s baseball team released its 2010 schedule today with 54 games currently planned for the regular season. The Owls will kick things off at home with a three-game series against a Big East opponent, the University of Cincinnati, from Friday, February 19, 2010 to Sunday, February 21, 2010 at FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
“This is a very competitive and challenging schedule,” said John McCormack, FAU head baseball coach. “I know the team is looking forward to getting things started in February.”
The Owls’ first road trip will be Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28 when FAU travels to Auburn, Alabama for a tournament against Boston College, University of Missouri and Auburn University.
The Sun Belt Conference schedule begins two weeks later when the Owls return to Alabama to take on Troy University for a three-game series from Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14.
“The Sun Belt weekends are always a dogfight,” McCormack said. “We will spend a lot of time in Louisiana and Alabama this year, as all of our road trips are in both of those states. We will certainly have our bags packed and will be ready to go.”
FAU also will renew their series against a pair of instate rivals -- the University of Miami and the University of Florida. The Owls were swept by Miami 3-0 last season with two games coming in Coral Gables and one at FAU Stadium. FAU was able to knock off the Gators 7-6 in their only game in 2009.
The 2010 matchups against Miami will come on Wednesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 7 in Coral Gables and on Tuesday, April 6 in Boca Raton. The Owls will travel to Gainesville to take on Florida on Wednesday, May 12.
“All of our intrastate games are always competitive,” McCormack said. “There is always a lot of bragging rights on the line as most of the players have grown up playing with or against each other. We always look forward to them. ”
FAU will conclude the season on Saturday, May 22 after they wrap up a three-game home series against Florida International University. Following the regular season finale against the Panthers, the Owls will travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament from Wednesday, May 26 through Saturday, May 29.
The Owls finished the 2009 season with a 30-26 record, 12-17 in the conference before being eliminated in the third round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to the eventual champion Middle Tennessee State University.