SERIES THREAD: FAU vs. Seton Hall - February 26-28, 2021
What: Seton Hall (1-1) vs. Florida Atlantic (3-1)
When: Friday, February 26 at 6:30 PM
Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM
Sunday, February 28 at 12 PM
Where: FAU Baseball Stadium
Video: CUSA.tv *Subscription Required
Live Stats: Here
Seton Hall Team Site: Here
Series: FAU owns a 6-2 all-time series advantage, with every game being held in Boca Raton. The Owls have won every series against the Pirates, including a sweep in 2018.
Projected Starting Pitchers:
SHU - LHP Tyler Burnham (First appearance of 2021)
FAU - RHP Jacob Josey (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
SHU - LHP Nick Payero (First appearance of 2021)
FAU - RHP Javi Rivera (0-0, 10.38 ERA)
SHU - RHP Cole Patten (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
FAU - LHP Matt Sparling (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
FAU Baseball heads back home with a 3-1 record following a win across Alligator Alley at FGCU. The Owls were led to victory by Bobby Morgensen's two-run home run that put the Owls up 3-1, the score they would ultimately win by. Following a bases-loaded scare in the ninth, Mike Entenza slammed the door on the Eagles for good to clinch the win.
Before that, the Owls took two of three from the formerly 24th ranked UCF Knights. FAU Coach John McCormack will go will count on the same three starters from the UCF series for this series against Seton Hall.
Jacob Josey will take the mound to start Game One after a solid Opening Day performance. Josey went five innings and struck out six batters, allowing four hits, two walks, and one run.
Javi Rivera has the ball for Game Two on Saturday after a high-scoring affair in his Division I opener. The Indian River State College transfer went 4.1 innings, struck out five batters, walked five batters, and allowed four hits for five runs.
Matt Sparling will start in the final game of the series on Sunday after pitching five innings for three hits for three runs against UCF. He paces FAU's starting pitchers with six strikeouts.
Nolan Schanuel was named C-USA hitter of the week following his stellar at-bats in the weekend series against UCF. The freshman first baseman hit 8-16, including a home run in his second game plus eight RBIs.
Caleb Pendleton also made national headlines by hitting a grand slam in each of his first two collegiate at-bats, with both of those at-bats coming in the second inning of the Owls' 20-15 Game Two victory over UCF. Pendleton was the eighth player in college baseball history to hit two grand slams in the same inning, according to ESPN, who played The Owl's Nest's video of the slams on SportsCenter.
All told, the Owls are tied for ninth in the nation in home runs with eight and are tenth in the nation in runs scored with 41. Look for the bats to continue to be hot this weekend.
The Seton Hall Pirates enter this series with a 1-1 record after hosting a split doubleheader with Hofstra on Sunday. SHU came away victorious in Game One with a 3-2 result in a seven-inning contest. The Pride spoiled the Pirates' hope of a sweep with their own 3-2 win in a full nine-inning Game Two.
Before COVID-19 brought the sports world to a halt in the Spring of 2020, in the Pirates owned a solid 6-8 record. This includes a 17-1 thrashing of Milwaukee and a 10-2 thumping of Illinois. The Pirates had a record of 5-8 outside of their friendly confines of South Orange, NJ, including a pair of wins on a neutral site.
Outfielder Tyler Shedler-McAvoy returns to SHU as Big East Preseason Co-Player of the Year. This follows up an all-conference selection following the shortened 2020 campaign in which the New Jersey native hit .304, including a pair of triples, and stole seven bags. The grad student is currently 2-6, which includes a triple already recorded under his belt.
The Pirates were selected to finish third in the Big East behind UConn and Creighton. SHU was the only other program outside those two to have received a first place vote in the Big East Preseason rankings.
Here are today's starting lineups:
1. SS Wilfredo Alvarez
2. 3B B.J. Murray
3.1B Nolan Schanuel
4. RF Bobby Morgensen
5. C Nicholas Toney
6. LF Mitchell Hartigan
7. DH Jared DeSantolo
8. 2B Steven Loden
9. CF Jackson Wenstrom
SP: Jackson Spiller
Jacob Josey was slated to start tonight but is "day to day" with an undisclosed injury.
1. RF Jerry Huntzinger
2. CF Tyler Shedler-McAvoy
3. 1B Matt Toke
4. 3B Casey Dana
5. DH Thomas Holdorf
6. 2B Alex Clyde
7. C Collin Sheehan
8. SS Steve Grober
9. LF Will Gale
SP: Tyler Burnham
JUST IN: RHP @JacksonSpiller will start on the mound in Game One vs. #SHU. Spiller gets the nod over Jacob Josey, who's listed as day-to-day. First pitch from #FAU is just moments away. #GoOwls 👌 pic.twitter.com/5EfIUIiFJk— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) February 26, 2021