No. 11 Baseball Opens Road Swing Wednesday
GAME INFORMATION – GAME 42
#11 MIAMI HURRICANES (28-13, 16-5 ACC) vs. FAU OWLS (21-18, 9-12 C-USA)
Boca Raton, Fla. • FAU Baseball Stadium (2,000)
Wed., April 23, 2014 (6:30 p.m. ET)
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM | WVUM.org
Miami leads the all-time series between the two schools by a commanding 54-12 margin, including a 7-2 record in Boca Raton. The Hurricanes dropped their first 2014 matchup with the Owls by a final score of 5-2 on February 19 at Mark Light Field, but rebounded to capture game two last Wednesday by a final score of 2-1.
MIAMI RHP Javi Salas (3-3, 2.70 ERA) vs. FAU LHP Sean Labsan (0-1, 3.78 ERA)
MIDWEEK NEWS AND NOTES
• After capturing their fourth straight ACC series by taking two of three games against Notre Dame, the Hurricanes will open a brief four-game road swing with a trip to nearby FAU Wed., April 23.
• Wednesday’s matchup against the Owls will represent the rubber match of the season series. Miami dropped the opener 5-2 on Feb. 19 at Mark Light Field but won last week’s matchup (April 16) at home by the final score of 2-1.
• Though their recent 14-game overall winning streak was snapped this past weekend, the Hurricanes are tied for the nation’s longest road winning streak (eight games). Miami has a 16-5 record in league play – tied for the best mark in the ACC.
• By capturing its series finale 7-2 against Pittsburgh (April 13), Miami completed its third consecutive three-game ACC sweep – the first time the Hurricanes have accomplished the feat since joining the conference in 2004.
• Miami ran its winning streak to 14 consecutive games, but lost to Notre Dame in game two of it ACC series (April 20). The streak, which help propel Miami to a tie for first place in the ACC, was the program’s longest since a similar 14-game stretch in 2008.
• Miami set a new program record with 10 consecutive ACC wins during the 14-game winning streak, besting the previous long (nine consecutive) by one win. The Hurricanes have already topped their 2013 conference win total (14) with three ACC weekends remaining.
• Since the start of Miami’s winning streak on March 24, freshman slugger Zack Collins has turned it up a notch. Collins is hitting at a .383 clip over the past 16 games since, and leads all hitters with 21 RBI over that span. The next highest RBI total during Miami’s streak is 9 (Brad Fieger).
• Senior Dale Carey has moved his season average above .300 (.306) by hitting .346 (22-for-63) over the team’s past 16 games. He is reaching base at a .453 clip and slugging .476 since March 24, where Miami has gone an impressive 15-1.
• Another hitter who has impressed over recent stretch is senior Tyler Palmer (.300 over his last five games), who knocked in the game-tying run on an RBI triple against Notre Dame (April 21) and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.