Through seven games, the Owls’ starting pitchers allowed only nine earned runs on 27 hits while striking out 53 strikeouts and posting a 4-1 record – with the lone loss coming at No. 1 Florida. On average, FAU starters allow four hits and one run per game, along with striking out about seven betters.
For the season, FAU pitchers are striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings, which ranks No. 38 out of 293 Division I teams. The Owls strikeout 4.18 batters for every one they walk, which ties for No. 14 nationally. Only 12 teams have a better staff ERA than FAU’s 1.89.
“You throw a lot of strikes, you feel like a lot of good things are going to happen,” said Friday night starter Jake Miednik, named Conference USA’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
From Miednik to midweek starter Nick Prather, no FAU starting pitcher has allowed more than three earned runs in a game.
“Where Jake has really excelled is his preparation between starts,” coach John McCormack said.
What makes this rotation so special, is that not one person plays significantly better than everyone. Each starter has contributed to this team’s success so far.
“It was great to see all the guys participate,” Joe Montes said.
- While the starting rotation enjoyed success against Delaware, there was a hiccup with Sunday starter Vince Coletti suffering a minor physical illness. McCormack said Coletti wasn’t feeling well, which led to the skipper taking him out after four innings. “He’s got a little bit of the bug,” McCormack said.
- Pedro Pages has started the 2018 season hitting .357 with 10 hits and four RBI. McCormack said before the season that Pages would be an important part of the success of this team, but tempered expectations by noting that he is only a sophomore.
- Seven games into the season only two Owls have a batting average of above .300, David Miranda and Pages. Cody Wilson is almost there batting at .292. There are currently nine batters on the Owls that have a batting average lower than .250.
Working Women: The Owls hosted the FAU Strike-Out Cancer Tournament over the weekend, where they went 3-2. The pitching for the Owls on Saturday and Sunday was stellar, only allowing one run through three games. While FAU starting pitchers were only able to strike out 12 batters through five games, they did only allow 24 hits.
Game Of The Week: The crowd should be electrifying on Wednesday night as the Owls take on the Miami Hurricanes at 6:30 p.m. Prather gets the start for FAU.