For Owls coach John McCormack the victory was No. 400 in his career.
The victory forces a winner-take-all match-up between the top-seeded Owls and second-seeded Southern Miss, the two best C-USA teams all season, for the C-USA tournament title and the NCAA tournament’s automatic bid.
FAU defeated Southern Miss twice in three games two weekends ago in Hattiesburg, Miss. Following their regular season championship with a deep C-USA tournament run all but assures the Owls an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fail to emerge victorious from Sunday’s contest.
With an RPI above 50, the Golden Eagles likely need the automatic bid to reach the NCAA tournament.
FAU will by trying to do something on Sunday it has never accomplished in program history. The Owls have never backed up a regular season conference title with a tournament title in the same season.
Florida Atlantic loaded the bases in each of the first two innings, scoring six runs over the first two frames. Eric Rivera’s two-run homer in the third put the Owls up 8-0.
First pitch for Sunday’s C-USA championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.