McCormack led an FAU team picked in the preseason to finish third in the conference to a 22-8 record in league play, 37-18 overall, and its first C-USA regular season title since 2016. For McCormack, it’s his second Coach of the Year award, matching the one he received from the Sun Belt Conference in 2010.
Hitting coach Greg Mamula earned Assistant Coach of the Year honors. The Owls’ offense leads C-USA in hitting (.298), hits (588), runs (391), scoring (7.1 runs per game), home runs (56) and slugging percentage (.443).
Conference voters selected catcher Pedro Pages as their Defensive Player of the Year, but Pages didn’t receive All-Conference honors at the position. Charlotte’s Harris Yett claimed that spot. Pages fell to the second team.
Pages gunned down 20 baserunners this season, throwing out 41 percent of base stealers and picking off three players. He’s the third Owl in four seasons to claim C-USA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, joining last season’s shortstop, Tyler Frank and 2016 shortstop C. J. Chatham.
Entering the C-USA tournament Pages is hitting .310 this year with a career-best .433 on-base percentage.
“I thought he’s caught, thrown the baseball, dealt with the pitchers better than anybody we’ve had here in a long time,” McCormack said.
Friday night starter Blake Sanderson and closer Zach Schneider were the Owls’ lone representatives on the All-C-USA first team.
In his first season as the Owls’ Friday starter Sanderson tied for the most wins among C-USA starters, posting a 7-0 record accompanied by a 3.68 ERA.
“If you look at the full body of work he’s pitched beyond expectations,” McCormack said.
Schneider saved 14 games, third-most in Division I, with a 5-3 and a 2.98 ERA as a reliever.
FAU managed to win the outright Conference USA baseball title without having the best position player in the conference at any position.
Outfielder Andru Summerall joined Pages as an All-Conference USA second team performer. Summerall he has a team-high 54 RBI, fifth in C-USA, with 16 doubles, eight home runs and a .301 average.
Fellow outfielder Mitch Hartigan and shortstop/pitcher Jacob Josey were selected to the All-Freshman team. Hartigan’s .322 average is second among all C-USA freshmen. He’s hit six home runs and driven in 31 runs.
Josey started 20 games at short committing only three errors in 93 chances, After five relief appearances in the team’s first 38 games, Josey moved into the rotation as the Owls’ Sunday starter, going 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA.
On Wednesday No. 1 seed FAU faces No. 8 UTSA in the first round of the C-USA tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Biloxi, Miss.