Feb. 16, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - After posting 16 runs in the nightcap on Saturday, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team kept the bats hot, beating Notre Dame 13-3. The FAU pitching staff struck out 15 Irish batters as FAU Head Coach John McCormack and the Owls won their season-opening series 2-1.
Junior Ricky Santiago led the Owls, going 4-for-6 with four runs and two RBI. Senior Levi Meyer finished off his fantastic weekend with three RBI, batting 3-for-4 on the day with two walks. Freshman Stephen Kerr scored a pair of runs on three hits.
For the weekend, Meyer went 8-of-11 with seven RBI, three runs, two walks, a double and a triple. Santiago scored a team-high six runs with three walks and three RBI.
Junior newcomer Drew Jackson earned his first victory as an Owl, hurling nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits and one earned run in his five innings of work. Bo Logan and Kevin Alexander each pitched two innings in relief, recording three strikeouts apiece.
Notre Dame's Scott Kerrigan suffered the loss, giving up seven hits and three earned runs in 2.1 innings.
The first inning saw both teams score runs and both teams leave the bases loaded. After the Irish posted two runs in the top of the frame, the Owls responded to take the lead. Sophomore Brendon Sanger was hit by a pitch to open the inning and was driven in by a Santiago two-out single to left. Meyer would load the bases with an infield single after a Notre Dame error that put Santiago on third. Freshman CJ Chatham then ripped a single through the right side to plate two runners and give the Owls a 3-2 advantage.
Notre Dame tied the game in the top of the third, but the Owls put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning. Santiago and freshman Sean Labsan singled to open the third and were driven in on a two-RBI single up the middle by Meyer to retake the lead. Following an Irish error and an infield single by Kerr, Sanger drew a walk with the bases loaded to plate Meyer. Endris and Kerr would score on an error and a wild pitch, respectively, to give the Owls an 8-3 lead.
Following two strikeouts to open the fifth, Santiago and redshirt freshman Esteban Puerta would piece together doubles to add an insurance run.
Robert Buckley, Tyler Rocklein and Santiago opened the seventh inning with back-to-back-to-back singles, with Santiago's plating Buckley. Puerta and Meyer would each drive in a run to increase the FAU lead to nine runs.
Rocklein would hit an RBI single in the eighth to score Kerr after the freshman reached on an infield hit, ending the scoring at 13-3.
The FAU offense scored 31 runs in the three-game series while the pitching staff struck out 35 Notre Dame batters.
The Owls will travel on Wednesday to face Miami in Coral Gables. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. FAU will then return home to host Monmouth in a three-game series Feb. 21-23. For tickets, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.