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FAU pitcher Barry Rooks shows what place the Owls finished in the Sun Belt standings after the Owls beat FIU 14-10 to claim the top spot. ( photo)


On top of the Sun Belt

FAU’s baseball team wins its first Sun Belt Conference championship as part of a memorable 2010 season that has the program back on track. That performance earns the baseball team the No. 2 slot on our countdown of the top FAU stories of 2010.

Originally published on 7/13/2010

by Marcus Nelson

A year after Florida Atlantic battled late into the regular-season just to make the Sun Belt Conference tournament, the Owls won their first Sun Belt Conference regular-season title in 2010.

The Owls went 37-24 and 21-9 in the Sun Belt regular season with pitcher-outfielder Andy Mee and first baseman Dan Scheffler making the All-Sun Belt Conference Team and John McCormack earning Coach of the Year honors.
The Owls were consistent for most of the season, winning all but one Sun Belt series including a dramatic sweep of Western Kentucky and capturing a crucial late-season series at South Alabama with the top spot in the conference on the line.
But the Owls needed to win 2-out-of-3 vs. FIU in the regular season finale to clinch the title. The Owls did just that, setting off a wild – and wet – celebration that once again earned the baseball team national television attention.

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Why it’s important

The baseball program hadn’t won a regular-season championship since winning the Atlantic Sun title in 2003, so you can’t blame the Owls for getting excited about winning their first Sun Belt crown.
More importantly, FAU’s program turned it around in McCormack’s second year and will return most of its key performers next year.
Those who thought the Owls baseball program was irrelevant were proven wrong as FAU showed that competing for conference titles and NCAA Regional berths is the rule, not the exception – and has been since 1999.

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