Feb. 19, 2014
CORAL GABLES, FL - FAU Baseball Takes No. 11 Miami, 5-2
Sophomore lefty Brandon Rhodes picked up his first victory, Ricky Santiago his first homer and Kevin Alexander his first save of the 2014 season as Florida Atlantic University downed the University of Miami 5-2.
The Owls, ranked No. 24 by Perfect Game, opened the game aggressively with a lead-off single by right fielder Brandon Sanger. FAU then found runners on the corners following a Robert Buckley sacrifice bunt and throwing error. FAU would continue to put the pressure on with a steal attempt, but it was the two-out long ball driven off the bat of Ricky Santiago that put the Owls up 2-0 prior to UM's first chance at the plate.
Rhodes, FAU's last pitcher of record to defeat UM, ranked No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball, took to the mound with the two-run cushion. Rhodes would hold Miami hitless through the first three innings and to one hit through 5.2 innings of work. UM hit back-to-back two out doubles in the sixth followed by a single that saw the Canes pull within one run. Newcomer Reily Monkman would close out the frame to end he damage and give way to Bo Logan, who pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth.
While the bullpen held UM at bay, the Owls added a run in the third behind a lead-off double by freshman shortstop Stephen Kerr. Kerr would later score what would prove to be the last run the Owls would need but his second double of the game, this one down the right field line, would score two more and put FAU back up by three and the game's 5-2 final.
Senior Kevin Alexander, who has moved into the closer role, took the mound in the bottom of the ninth. Alexander would give up two singles in the bottom of the ninth, but got out of the jam with a pop-up to the catcher and recorded a strikeout for the final out of the game to earn his save.
The Owls will host Monmouth for a three-game series beginning 6:30 p.m. Friday at FAU stadium. For tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls.
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