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FAU baseball clinches C-USA regular-season title, top seed in tournament

Owls open C-USA tournament against No. 8 seed UTSA

Players on the Florida Atlantic baseball team hold their hats over their hearts during the national anthem before a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, Feb. 20, 2019, in Coral Gables, Florida.
Players on the Florida Atlantic baseball team hold their hats over their hearts during the national anthem before a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, Feb. 20, 2019, in Coral Gables, Florida. (Kathy Hitchcock)

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic is the top baseball team in Conference USA.

The Owls defeated Middle Tennessee 8-7 on Saturday to clinch the 2019 regular-season C-USA championship for the first time in school history.

FAU (37-18, 22-8 C-USA) swept the Blue Raiders in three games to clinch their first regular-season C-USA title in school history and earn the No. 1 seed in the C-USA tournament that begins Wednesday.

FAU's 22 league wins are the most since the Owls went 25-8 in 2003 when they were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The Owls will face No. 8 seed UTSA (26-28, 13-16) in their first game of the double-elimination C-USA tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.