FAU will get its final chance to beat a ranked team this season when they travel to Coral Gables Tuesday to play No. 22 Miami.
The Owls (25-14) are 0-4 against ranked teams this season, and 0-2 versus the Hurricanes.
FAU coach John McCormack said Kevin Alexander (4-0, 2.01 ERA), who has been out of action three weeks with elbow inflammation, will start the 6 p.m. game.
“Kevin needs to pitch, we have to get him on the mound,” McCormack said.
Alexander was scheduled to start Saturday in the series against Arkansas State, but that game was rained out, making him available against the Hurricanes.
McCormack said he expects Alexander to pitch two innings, and be followed by Austin Gomber (3-1, 3.15), who also did not pitch over the weekend, since only one of the three scheduled games against the Red Wolves was played.
“Our guys did a good job all weekend of staying in the moment,” McCormack said of the team going through rainouts Friday and Saturday before they were able to play one game Sunday, and that one was interrupted twice by storms.
Due to two rainouts, the Owls played just two games last week. Miami (26-14) was swept by ACC rival Florida State over the weekend, and has lost five of its last six games and fell from No. 12 to No. 22 in Baseball America’s rankings.
Miami leads the all-time series 50-10 and beat FAU 10-5 on Feb. 29 and 8-5 on March 21.
When/where: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Stadium, Coral Gables.
Scheduled starters: FAU RHP Kevin Alexander (4-0, 2.01 ERA) versus UM RHP Javi Salas (4-2, 2.76 ERA).
The game will be webcast at fausports.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun