SERIES THREAD: FAU @ Charlotte April 2-4, 2021
What: Charlotte (14-9) vs. Florida Atlantic (15-9)
When: Fri., Apr. 2nd at 4:00 PM
Sat., Apr. 3rd at 1:00 PM (DH)
Sun., Apr. 4th at 11:30 AM
Where: Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium
Video: CUSA.tv *Subscription Required
Live Stats: Here
Charlotte Team Site: Here
Series: The Owls own a 16-4 all-time series advantage over the Charlotte 49ers, with a six-game winning streak going into the weekend series.
Projected Starting Pitchers:
FAU - LHP Hunter Cooley (4-1, 2.76)
Charlotte - RHP Bryce McGowan (3-2, 1.54)
FAU - RHP Dante Visconti (0-1, 5.02)
Charlotte - RHP Austin Marozas (2-1, 2.66)
FAU - LHP Matt Sparling (2-1, 4.55)
Charlotte - RHP Matt Brooks (2-1, 4.55)
FAU - RHP Javi Rivera (2-0, 6.29)
The Owls are on a hot streak yet again. After starting conference play with a four-game sweep of the Marshall Thundering Herd, the Owls took down the FGCU Eagles with a herculean comeback win on Tuesday.
FAU seems to have found a groove with pitching as well, as P Hunter Cooley and P Javi Rivera both had dominant outings in their appearances against Marshall. P Braden Ostrander also seems to have found a spot as FAU's closer, as he has had some consistent outings out of the bullpen.
DH Jared DeSantolo was the MVP of last week's series, as he had a huge walk-off hit in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, then hit a home run and added two RBIs.
OF Victor Castillo could be another player to look out for as a guy who could get some chances off the bench. He had five RBIs in FAU's comeback win on Tuesday, including the grand slam that got the Owls back in the game.
The 49ers have started the conference season on a good note, winning three of the four games they played against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers last weekend.
Last time out, Charlotte lost 17-10 in an extra-innings thriller, backed by a six RBI performance from WKU 3B Matthew Meyer. Charlotte's starting pitcher, Andrew Lindsley, gave up four runs without recording a single out before he got pulled from the game.
One player to look out for is infielder Austin Knight, who leads the 49ers in RBIs (26) and home runs (4). Knight went 3-4 with 2 RBIs in the 49ers' last outing against WKU.
Freshman infielder Nate Furman also powered the 49ers offense on Sunday. He hit 2-3 with 3 RBIs. He is 4-9 with 9 RBIs on the season.
Not so nice: their ERAs.
I still believe in this staff for the course of the season. We can do big things - especially with the loaded lineup and depth.
Charlotte is better than usual this year. RPI of 46. Should be a fun weekend series!
#FAU ⚾️ heads to #UNCC, looks to go 5-0 in C-USA play.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) April 2, 2021
Starting Lineup ⬇️
SP Hunter Cooley
1. SS Wilfredo Alvarez
2. LF @mitchhartigan24
3. 1B @NSchanuel
4. 3B @BJMurray14
5. C @nicholastoney1
6. RF @bmorgensen11
7. DH @JaredDeSantolo
8. 2B Sam Low
9. CF @jackowenny pic.twitter.com/s5E5FAz9Yr
These two STUDS get the Owls on the board and give them the lead! 🔥@NSchanuel and @BJMurray14 get back-to-back RBI hits and FAU is off to the races! 💨#FAU 2 - #UNCC 1 | E1 | @LealLaw pic.twitter.com/BMTPcpIHIa— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) April 2, 2021