April 11, 2007
The NCAA released its national stats for the first time this season on Wednesday. The Florida Atlantic University baseball team ranks in the top-10 in five team categories, while several individuals earned a national ranking.
With the season halfway over, the Owls have put up impressive offensive numbers. The team is ranked third in the nation in home runs per game (1.66) and in slugging percentage (.563). The numbers have helped put together the eighth best batting average (.341) and sixth highest scoring average in the nation with 8.7 runs per game.
Not to leave out the pitching staff, it averages 9.6 strikeouts per game to rank second nationally. Chris Salberg and Mike Obradovich have bolstered that number over the last few weeks and rank individually in the same category. Salberg is fourth in the nation in strikeouts per game with 12.8, while Obradovich is 35th in total strikeouts with 62.
Juniors are guiding the team offensively. Robbie Widlansky is listed 36th batting average (.426), third in RBI/game (1.43), 14th in doubles/game (0.51) and 19th in slugging percentage (.759). Daniel Bomback is ranked 16th in run scored (1.29) and 26th in home runs per game (.31). Mike McKenna has his teammate beat in home runs per game and ranks 19th (0.33).
The Owls will try and build on those impressive numbers against UALR this weekend in a three-game conference series starting on Friday.