FAU never removed the tarp from the field prior to postponing its season opener against Cincinnati. (OwlAccess.com photo)
Wait a day
FAU's Friday night opener has been postponed because of rain. The Owls hope to play two against Cincinnati on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for noon.
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The Florida Atlantic baseball team will have to wait at least one more day before opening its 2013 season.
Rain caused the postponement of Friday night's scheduled season opener against Cincinnati. The game will be played as part of a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday.
“There's no reason to put either our athletes or Cincinnati's athletes at a disadvantage with the field being that sloppy,” FAU coach John McCormack said.
Scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch, FAU called the game shortly before 5 p.m. when radar made it apparent the rain wouldn't let up in time for the field to dry.
Friday night's scheduled starting pitcher, Austin Gomber, never started warming up and McCormack said he will get the ball for the first game on Saturday. Jake Meiers will start the second game. Both games are scheduled for nine innings.
Friday's FAU lineup card did feature one minor surprise. Palm Beach State College transfer Sean Murrell won the opening day start at second base, beating out returning Owl Robert Buckley.
“(Murrell) has been very consistent,” McCormack said. “We sat and talked as a staff and he had earned it.”