2022 C-USA Baseball Championship
Florida Atlantic Baseball will participate in their 7th C-USA Championship on Wednesday night at 8:30 when taking the field against UTSA in game four of the day's action.
The Owls took down the Roadrunners 2-1 in Boca Raton in late March, winning the final two games of the series, which factored into the final seeding process. Lefty Hunter Cooley (8-4, 4.78 ERA) will be on the mound for FAU. Cooley tossed eight innings against the Roadrunners in the 5-4 series opening loss with 10 strikeouts.
The Roadrunners will not look to ace Luke Malone to take on the Owls, instead opting to start RHP Braylon Owens (3-1, 4.76 ERA). Despite UTSA using nearly their entire pen in the regular season series, Owens did not see time against the Owls.
FAU arrives in Hattiesburg with a 14-11 overall record in C-USA Championship play and will be seeded 4th. This is the 2nd lowest seed they have received thus far having previously made two appearances as the top seed, one as the second, two as the third, and one as 5th which last season.
The team's best showing was in 2019, when they went undefeated with three straight wins until the Championship game when they lost to this year's host Southern Miss by a score of 4-0.
Of note, they bested UTSA twice in the process (6-5, 11-4) to send the Roadrunners home. Historically, hey have been run ruled twice (2015, 2017) and have seen two extra inning affairs, both of which were 10 inning contests in their 2016 appearance.
This year's C-USA Championship tournament features the top eight teams in regular-season league play. The format is two double-elimination brackets, with four teams each, and the winners of each bracket will meet in a single-elimination championship game. Old Dominion is the defending champion, while host and top seed Southern Miss has won three of the last five tournaments.
The tournament is set to begin at 10:00 AM EST on Wednesday when No. 3 seed Old Dominion battles No. 6 seed Middle Tennessee. The Monarchs took two-of-three from the Blue Raiders in Murfreesboro in March.
Wednesday’s second game features No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech against No. 7 seed Charlotte. The Bulldogs closed the regular season with six wins in its final eight games and will face a 49ers squad that won 16 of its last 20. The pair met in the final weekend of the regular season, as LA Tech took two-of-three in Charlotte to lock up the second seed and secure this matchup.
Southern Miss will play the 5:00 PM game in front of its home crowd, matching up with No. 8 seed UAB. The Blazers were one of just two teams to win a conference series against the Golden Eagles in 2022.
The 2022 C-USA Championship Game will he played on Sunday, May 29th at 2:00 PM and will be nationally-televised by CBS Sports Network, while all other games will be available on ESPN+.
Below is the currently available slate for the full five days of action in Hattiesburg.
Game Schedule - Eastern Standard Times
Wednesday, May 25 ESPN+
Game 1 (3) Old Dominion 18 (6) MTSU 7
Game 2 (2) Louisiana Tech 4 (7) Charlotte 0
Game 3 (1) Southern Miss 4 (8) UAB 3
Thursday, May 26 ESPN+
Game 4 (4) Florida Atlantic 4 (5) UTSA 6
Game 5 (6) MTSU 0 (7) Charlotte 22
Game 6 (3) Old Dominion 2 (2) Louisiana Tech 7
Game 7 (8) UAB 1 (4) Florida Atlantic 11
Friday, May 27 ESPN+
Game 8 (1) Southern Miss 6 (5) UTSA 7
Game 9 (3) Old Dominion 13 (7) Charlotte 4
Game 10 (1) Southern Miss 5 (4) Florida Atlantic 0
Saturday, May 28 ESPN+
Game 11 (2) LA Tech 6 (3) Old Dominion 9
Game 12 (5) UTSA 11 (1) Southern Miss 2
Game 13 (2) LA Tech 8 (3) Old Dominion 7
Game 14 N/A
Sunday, May 29 CBSSN
Championship (5) UTSA vs (2) LA Tech 2:00 PM
The UAB vs Southern Miss contest is now underway, and they should be able to finish that looking at the radar.
That will be the final game of the day, with the Owls resuming play for the postponed Game Four tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM EST vs UTSA.
On a side note, if the Owls lose, they will play again at 8:30 PM vs the loser of the UAB vs Southern Miss contest.
Go Owls 🦉⚾️🧢
FINAL: #FAU 4 #UTSA 6@FAUBaseball falls to #Roadrunners in their 2022 #CUSA Opener.@ShaneMagrann17 🚀@NSchanuel 🚀— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 26, 2022
Goldstein RBI@CalebPendleton RBI
SP Cooley 6IP 10H 4R 2ER 0BB 7K
NEXT: vs @UAB_Baseball 8:30 PM #GoOwls 🦉⚾️🧢 pic.twitter.com/oK8ayU5WSf
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OWLS WIN & ADVANCE 🔥
FAU Baseball RUN RULES UAB in the 7th inning 11-1 to STAY ALIVE in the C-USA 🏆!
The Blazers are the 2nd team to exit Hattiesburg after scoring just four runs in their two games.
Gabe Rincones 4RBI, 🚀
Mitch Hartigan 3RBI
Nolan Schanuel 2RBI, 🚀
Dylan Goldstein 2RBI
WP Tyler Burnham 6IP 5H 1R 3BB 8K
Florida Atlantic will take on the loser of the Southern Miss vs UTSA game tomorrow night at 6:00 PM
Go Owls 🦉⚾️🧢
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