All posts by Mohamed Abdihakim

Multimedia Journalism major at Florida Atlantic University.

Florida Atlantic Looking To Improve In Conference USA

FAULogo_thumb.jpgThe Owls of Florida Atlantic had a productive season in 2013.

Their record on the year stood at 42-22, including wins against programs such as Miami, South Alabama, and North Carolina.

After a heartbreaking end to the season that saw them finish in four top 25 polls, the Owls look to improve in a more competitive conference. Continue reading Florida Atlantic Looking To Improve In Conference USA

2013 Super Regional Preview: Tallahassee

FSUFeaturedFlorida State University battles Indiana this weekend in a super regional in Tallahassee, FL. There are statistics and match-ups that make this series interesting. Before we dive into some of those, let’s take a look at how each team has fared in the yet young postseason of regionals. Continue reading 2013 Super Regional Preview: Tallahassee

2013 Louisville NCAA Regional Preview

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Louisville’s season didn’t end as well as they would have liked. Just two games into the 2013 Big East tournament, and the Cardinals found themselves ousted by UConn. Though losing their opportunity at a national seed in the NCAA tournament, the Cardinals were selected to host the regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The theme in this four-team field? Pitching. Each team comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, each squad boasts some talented arms, making this the regional tournament with arguably the deepest pitching pool. Continue reading 2013 Louisville NCAA Regional Preview

2013 Tallahassee NCAA Regional Preview

FSUFeaturedFor the 30th time in school history, Florida State’s Mike Martin Field will play host to the NCAA’s Tallahassee Regional. Though the Seminoles are easily the strongest side in the four-team field, the regional features some talented bats and stringent arms. Continue reading 2013 Tallahassee NCAA Regional Preview

SBC Johnny Bench Award Watch List: Aramis Garcia

AramisGarcia90The Sun Belt Conference features three catchers on the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top catcher in Division 1 college baseball.

Coming out of high school, Aramis Garcia was a special prospect.

Long time major league scout Dave Perkin described him as a “rarity…an athletic high school catching prospect with remarkably quick feet and fluid receiving skills.” Continue reading SBC Johnny Bench Award Watch List: Aramis Garcia

CBD Column: Troy University: Surging in the Sun Belt

DannyCollinsFeaturedThe way infielder Logan Pierce sees it, the Trojans of Troy University have a simple policy:

“We’re not a bunting team. We’re not just trying to move guys over, we want to score.”

And score they have. 23 games into the season, the Trojans have crossed the plate 191 times, second only to South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC). They lead the conference in team batting average, slugging, and on-base percentage. Continue reading CBD Column: Troy University: Surging in the Sun Belt

Sun Belt Weekend Recap (March 15th-17th)

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The Florida Atlantic Owls continue their domination over the Florida International Golden Panthers. Owls starting Pitcher Austin Gomber struck out a season high eight on Friday, as the Owls scored twelve in the first two games. Though Florida Atlantic did ramp up their offense a bit, while also holding the Golden Panthers to five combined runs for Friday and Saturday, FIU avoided getting swept. They used a ten run third inning to win 12-1, making up FAU’s two game total in seven frames of mercy-rule baseball on Sunday. Starter Jeremy Strawn couldn’t make it out of the third inning before getting pulled. The Junior right-hander allowed six runs on six hits, as FAU needed five pitchers to work out of that third frame. Despite Sunday’s trouncing, Florida Atlantic kicks off conference play at 2-1, while FIU starts with a 1-2 mark. Continue reading Sun Belt Weekend Recap (March 15th-17th)

Sun Belt Weekend Preview (March 15th-17th)

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Florida Atlantic begins its defense of their Sun Belt regular-season title as they take on Florida International. FAU is off to a good start this season, standing at a record of 11-7 with a 3.22 team ERA. FIU allowed 16 runs in a loss to a weaker Stetson side. With that being said, they’ve also been swinging the bat well. Leading into the Sun Belt’s opening weekend, the Golden Panthers hit a walk off single in the 10th inning of a game against USF. Their team batting average is at .306, led by their sophomore catcher Aramis Garcia. Garcia is one of 48 catchers on the Johnny Bench Award watch list, hitting .355 with a team leading three homers.   Florida Atlantic is coming in with some of their own hot bats, having just posted 15 runs on 17 hits in a win against Maine on Wednesday. The Owls’ senior first baseman Mark Nelson is coming off a productive week, hitting .429 (9-21) with three home runs. Through their five games in 2012, FAU swept the Golden Panthers convincingly, including a three game set in Miami that saw Atlantic combine for 23 runs. In fact, it was a home win against FIU that clinched FAU’s regular-season title. Continue reading Sun Belt Weekend Preview (March 15th-17th)