No. 18 Baseball Begins C-USA Tournament against FAU on Wednesday – Old Dominion University – Old Dominion University

No. 18 Old Dominion (38-14, 22-10 C-USA) vs. Florida Atlantic (30-23, 18-14 C-USA)

Game Location – J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park (Ruston, La.)

Date and Time – Wednesday, May 26 at 10 a.m. ET

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RUSTON, La. – The 18th-ranked Old Dominion baseball team kicks off the 2021 Conference USA Baseball Championship against Florida Atlantic at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. The Monarchs enter the championship as the No. 4 seed while the Owls are seeded fifth.


ODU finished out the regular season with a pair of non-conference road wins against Louisiana Tech on Thursday and Friday. The Monarchs overcame deficits of 3-0 and 7-3 to top the Bulldogs on Thursday, 10-8. ODU needed another rally to best LA Tech the following day, 8-7.


Kyle Battle leads C-USA and is ninth in the country with 17 home runs. He also leads the league and is third in the country with 49 walks.


Andy Garriola leads the country with 65 runs batted in.


Freshman second baseman Carter Trice leads all C-USA rookies in hits (72), home runs (12), slugging percentage (.652) and batting average (.364)


Scouting the Owls

FAU enters the tournament with a 30-23 mark and finished third in the East Division at 18-14. The Owls won three of their last four C-USA series and split with No. 19 Southern Miss to wrap up conference play. FAU is second in C-USA with 70 homers and tops the conference with a .978 fielding percentage. Nolan Schanuel is eighth in C-USA with a .346 average, and B.J. Murray is third with 14 home runs. Hunter Cooley leads the way on the mound with an 8-3 mark and 3.57 earned run average.


Series History: FAU Leads, 16-11


What’s Next

The Monarchs play either top-seeded Charlotte or No. 8-seeded Middle Tennessee on Thursday. If ODU wins on Wednesday, it will play at 1:30 p.m. ET. With a loss to FAU, the Monarchs will play once again at 10 a.m. ET


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