Coach John McCormack Gets Historic 300th Win as FAU Head Coach
By: Zach Evans
On Tuesday, April 4, Florida Atlantic University baseball Head Coach John McCormack won the 300th game of his career as the Owls defeated Rice 8-2 at home. It took McCormack under 500 games to reach this feat.
Winning 658 games as an assistant coach and 300 as a head coach, McCormack has been a part of nearly a thousand college baseball wins during this 26-year career at FAU. Many of his players have been recruited locally and are a big reason for his success.
The game against Rice started off as many baseball games do in a defensive standoff between two teams. In the top of the first inning, Rice got a hit but did not score during their time at bat. FAU had Tyler Frank hit a ball to the shortstop for an out, Jared Shouppe struck out and Esteban Puerta grounded out to second base.
The third inning is when FAU started working its magic. Frank hit a single to left field and Jordan Poore was able to advance to second base. Then Jared Shouppe stepped up to the plate and hit a home run to allow Frank and Poore to score.
Rice was able to get it going in the top of the fourth with two runs after a home run by Dominic DiCaprio to send both him and Ryan Chandler in to score.
FAU answered right back in the top of the fourth with a Steven Kerr double, followed by Austin Langham hitting a single to right center to send Kerr in for a score.
With the score standing at 4-2, the fifth, sixth, and top of the seventh innings were very defensive with no runs scored. In the bottom of the seventh, FAU’s Kevin Abraham, Poore, and Frank all scored to make it a 7-2 ball game.
Rice had two hits but no runs in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth FAU scored again and made it an 8-2 ball game.
Rice got a hit in the ninth inning but it was not enough to defeat the Owls as FAU went on to win the game 8-2.
“Our guys played great today,” said Coach McCormack after the game. “[Pitcher] Jake Miednik kind of walked on a tightrope, but really only made two mistakes all day. Three two-out hits in the seventh… the relief pitching was good, I thought Kevin Abraham caught a great game, and it was really a fantastic win for everybody.”