Thursday, March 6, 2014

Baseball: North Florida Ospreys

The University of Georgia will host the Georgia Bulldog Invitational Baseball Tournament, March 7-9 in Athens, Georgia. Participants in the tournament are North Florida, Buffalo, Western Carolina, and Georgia. The Catamounts and North Florida will open the tournament with a 1 pm first pitch on Friday, March 7th.  This is the first meeting between Western Carolina and North Florida on the baseball field

The University of North Florida Ospreys are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Ospreys are coming off a 40-19 season and posted an 18-9 mark in the A-Sun in 2013. For the 2014 season, the Ospreys were picked to finish second in this year's preseason coaches poll, and sophomore outfielder Donnie Dewees and senior pitcher Tyler Moore were selected for the Preseason All-Conference team.

The Ospreys are currently 4-6 overall, and are coming off a weekend sweep by the UNC Tarheels. Despite their six losses this season, the Ospreys have out-hit opponents 98-94. In six of the 10 games, the Ospreys have racked up 10 or more hits. UNF has struggled to come up with the timely hit so far, hitting only .252 with runners in scoring position. Last season while the Ospreys were one of the top offenses in the country, they hit a staggering, .309 with runners on second and/or third.

Senior David Trexler is the probable starter against the Cats.

RHP David Trexler 
IP: 15.2
Record: 1-1
ERA: 4.02
SO: 12
BB: 7