Feb. 15, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team earned its first win of the 2014 season with a 16-6 rout of Notre Dame after dropping the first game of the series 9-2.
Ten different Owls recorded RBI in the second game, led by Levi Meyer's three. Meyer went 5-of-7 with four RBI on the day. The senior captain reached base seven times and recorded a double and a triple while scoring two runs.
In the nightcap, the Owls (1-1) batted through the lineup in the first inning, taking a four-run lead. Following back-to-backs singles by Robert Buckley and Tyler Rocklein and a Notre Dame error, freshman Sean Labsan hit a bases-loaded single to score Buckley for FAU's first run. After senior Levi Meyer was hit by a pitch, Freshmen Stephen Kerr and Jose Bonilla Traverso each drew bases-loaded walks to put the Owls up 4-0.
Meyer tripled and Buckley and Kerr singled in the third inning which saw the Owls score five runs on four hits.
FAU would post three more runs in the fourth inning on hits by CJ Chatham, Kerr and Bonilla Traverso.
Rocklein opened the sixth with a double, his second hit of the game. After Meyer singled for his third straight hit, freshman Reid Neal drilled a pinch-hit single through the right side to score Meyer.
The Owls would tack on one run in each the seventh and eighth innings with the help of a Brendon Sanger triple and a Kevin Abraham double.
In the first game of the day, Notre Dame took an early lead in the first inning off a two-run homerun by Kyle Richardson. The Owls responded with a two-out rally in the bottom of the first. Rocklein, who walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, was brought in by a Labsan single through the left side. First baseman Ricky Santiago, who walked in his first at bat, scored the second run of the game off a Meyer single.
Austin Gomber, named preseason first team by Conference USA, was tagged with his first loss of the year, pitching four innings, allowing six earned runs and five strikeouts.
The Owls face Notre Dame in the rubber match on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium. Live audio and statistics are available at www.fausports.com. Season and single-game tickets for all home baseball games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.