SERIES THREAD: FAU vs. FGCU - February 23 & March 5-7, 2021
What: Florida Atlantic vs. Florida Gulf Coast
When: Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 PM, Fort Myers
Friday, March 5 at 5 PM, Boca Raton
Saturday, March 6 at 5 PM, Fort Myers
Sunday, March 7 at 2 PM, Boca Raton
Where: Swanson Stadium
FAU Baseball Stadium
Video: At FGCU: YouTube
At FAU: CUSA.tv *Subscription Required
Live Stats: Here
FGCU Team Site: Here
Series: FGCU owns a 12-9 edge over FAU although the Owls have won three straight.
Projected Starting Pitchers:
FAU - RHP Braden Ostrander
FGCU - RHP Najer Victor
The Owls bested the previously ranked No. 23 UCF Knights by taking the series two games to one. Opening day was held in Orlando where FAU started the 2021 campaign with a resounding 12-6 victory. The Owls clinched the series with a 20-15 Game Two victory via a performance that made national headlines. UCF got their revenge in Game Three with a 15-6 result, which includes seven UCF runs in the ninth inning.
Freshman catcher Caleb Pendleton made national headlines Saturday night by smacking back-to-back grand slams in the first two plate appearances of his collegiate career. The grand slams sandwiched a first collegiate home run by fellow freshman Nolan Schanuel for a 12-run second inning. The 20 runs scored in the contest set a record for most FAU runs in the John MacCormack's 12-year tenure as FAU Head Coach.
FGCU is off to their best start since 2018 following a three-game sweep over USF. The Eagles took the first two games in Tampa, including an extra innings affair on Opening Day. Most impressive was their home debut on Sunday, in which the Eagles erased a 7-0 deficit to beat the Bulls 12-10.
Freshman RHP Braden Ostrander gets the nod for FAU. This will see his first pitching appearance as a college athlete.
FGCU counters with fellow freshman and RHP, Najer Victor.
Considering how many runs each side scored last weekend and who they're throwing on the mound, expect an offensive explosion tonight in Fort Myers.
What else is there to say about the kid!? @NSchanuel is 2-3 already tonight after being named #CUSA ⚾️ Hitter of the Week. Nolan could hit a raindrop blindfolded at this rate. #FAU 3 - #FGCU 1 | T6— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 24, 2021
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