Freshman Brandon Rhodes will make the first start of his collegiate career on Wednesday against Miami. (OwlAccess.com photo)
Early measuring stick
After a season-opening sweep of Cincinnati, FAU will find out how good it really is with games against Miami, then Alabama.
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In a season-opening sweep of Cincinnati the FAU baseball team showed it could win the games it was supposed to.
These next four games will give the Owls an idea of how good they really can be.
The No. 20-ranked Miami Hurricanes come to Boca Raton on Wednesday night before the Owls host a weekend series with Alabama.
“That will give us a good idea as to where we are in terms of the national perspective,” FAU coach John McCormack said.
FAU players look forward to playing Miami each year perhaps more than any other team on the schedule.
In recent years the Owls have experienced some success against the Hurricanes, taking two of three games in 2011 before letting a couple games slip away last season.
A victory over Miami not only brings prestige, it would also provide an early season RPI boost that could become critical at tournament selection time in a few months.
“For this team, it would really serve us well to win this game here,” McCormack said. “To get things going in the right direction, winning tomorrow night would be very helpful.”
Miami swept Rutgers during its opening weekend, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 16-5. To slow down Miami's potent lineup, McCormack is turning to freshman Brandon Rhodes.
The lefthander threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the season-opener against Cincinnati but did not factor in the decision. Still, Rhodes said “it really helped” to make his first collegiate appearance over the weekend and get the jitters out of the way.
“I'm really excited,” Rhodes said. “My first start and it's against Miami. You can't ask for anything more than that.”
No. 20 Miami (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
at FAU (3-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
- When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: FAU Baseball Stadium, Boca Raton, Fl.
- Radio: None
- Streaming audio: FAUSports.com,
- Scouting the opponent: HurricaneSports.com
- Probables: RHP Brandon Rhodes (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Thomas Woodrey (0-0, 0.00)
About the Hurricanes: Freshman pitcher Thomas Woodrey made his collegiate debut against Rutgers this past weekend, working one scoreless inning without allowing a hit. ...Miami has yet to hit a home run this season. ...David Thompson is only hitting .222 on the season, but his 5 RBI lead the Hurricanes.
About the Owls: McCormack said he might give righthanded-hitting Geoff Jimenez the start in centerfield. Jimenez went 2-for-3 with a triple in the opening series. Look for him to hit in the lead-off spot. ...Levi Meyer leads the Owls with 4 RBI. He also has the Owls' lone homer. ...Clean-up hitter Tyler Rocklein is hitting .077 after the first series.