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2021 C-USA Baseball Championship

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Four straight walks weren't enough for the Owls to get back in it. The following three batters go down in order to end the game and FAU's Conference Tournament run.
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When the Owls came into this game, one thing was blatantly clear: they were missing TJ Stuart and Jacob Josey. The Owls turned to their bullpen and had Braden Ostrander start today's game after using all three of their main starters already this week, and it became costly with the Owls losing 13-5 to the Old Dominion Monarchs, ending their hopes at a C-USA Championship. The Monarchs' offensive onslaught was led by Andy Gariola, who had three of ODU's seven home runs.

The Rundown
  • The Owls one weapon in this game was their plate discipline. FAU forced 12 walks by ODU pitchers and even drew in one of their five runs with a bases-loaded walk by Victor Castillo, capping off four consecutive walks to begin the ninth inning.
  • FAU lost the strikeout battle by a mile, with the batters striking out 12 times and the pitchers only punching out four ODU batters.'
  • Florida Atlantic's offense went uncharacteristically silent, only registering five hits. They hit .161 as a team.
  • When the Owls had runners on base, they had trouble driving them in. They hit .154 with runners in scoring position and .200 with runners on base.
  • In their three at-bats with the bases loaded, all coming in the ninth inning when they had a bases-loaded, no-out situation, the Owls were 0-3.

"I thought our guys were ready, you have to give Old Dominion credit, they played really, really well offensively, it's a special ballclub. We scored five, but we had plenty of opportunities, we left (13) on base. In one of the (ODU) innings, they get runners on, they hit a three-run homer. We get the same thing, and fly out to centerfield. That's the difference in the game, they were able to capitalize when we weren't able to close out innings, and we couldn't capitalize and they closed out the innings. We'll get home and start working on next year." - Head Coach John McCormack

The Owls finish up the C-USA Baseball Championship with a 2-2 record.`

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LA Tech survives a 10 inning affair in Game 12 to set down USM 11-10 and force the night cap.

The winner will take on Old Dominion tomorrow at 2:00 PM in the Championship Game.
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On a side note, it's really remarkable the level of talent this year's season had for the league. Four Top 25 Teams in the mix.

Of course as FAU Fans we are used to the Owls being one of them, but no matter how you slice it it's still good.

That said, we need to get the upgrades going quickly as it's becoming harder and harder to rely on coaching namesake and "history" as the reason to commit here. When you have teams like Charlotte and Old Dominion coming into the conversation, its obvious to see that a Florida Team (us) is losing ground.
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Rick said

On a side note, it's really remarkable the level of talent this year's season had for the league. Four Top 25 Teams in the mix.

Of course as FAU Fans we are used to the Owls being one of them, but no matter how you slice it it's still good.

That said, we need to get the upgrades going quickly as it's becoming harder and harder to rely on coaching namesake and "history" as the reason to commit here. When you have teams like Charlotte and Old Dominion coming into the conversation, its obvious to see that a Florida Team (us) is losing ground.
Posted On: May 29th 2021, 9:06 PM #402311



Well the other question is how much longer is Mac realistically going to do it, either at this level or in general? Heís nearing his mid-50s and heís been a baseball coach non-stop for over 30 years. (And if he wanted a P5 job, I truly believe he could get one. The resume speaks for itself.)

Mac is still at the top of his game as a coach and recruiter so I trust him…but I could easily see a scenario where baseball becomes a very middle of the pack, hovering around .500 program if/when Mac leaves and the facilities arenít upgraded. He can sell these elite local kids or a very talented junior college prospect on coming here in spite of the warts. His replacement may not be able to.†

Twitter: @JakeElman97
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If he leaves, the program is TOAST.
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Down 5-2 to start their at bat, LA Tech walks-off a 6-5 win with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate USM.

WOW.

They will take on Old Dominion tomorrow for the Championship.
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Cusa gets no respect. Most conferences are televised. Not cusa.
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Having the games on ESPN+ is far better than blurry CUSA.tv IMHO. Next year, ESPN+ needs to have a pitch count graphic and a couple more splash graphics, like Schanuel HR (10). My only issue this series was the camera work, but thatís historically been an issue for most ESPN+ games Iíve watched.

Twitter: @JakeElman97
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At least the finals are on CBS SN today at 2:00 PM.
Should be better camera work.
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