Feb. 20, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's baseball team dropped a 5-4, 11-inning home contest to the University of Miami, ranked No. 20 nationally, Wednesday night.
The Owls plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. Ricky Santiago, who was 2-for-5 on the night, singled to third with one out. He moved to second on a sacrifice and scored when senior Nathan Pittman singled to left.
FAU would add two more in the fifth courtesy of a Tyler Rocklein homer which also scored Mark Nelson. Trailing 3-0 UM lead-off the sixth with a double. A single placed runners on first and third before a Chantz Mack hit a double down the right field line. A UM runner attempted to score from first but was cut down at the plate, leaving Mack at third to later score on a wild pitch to pull the Canes within one.
FAU then put together three-consecutive singles and grab one run back which proved crucial in the top of the eight when David Thompson drove the ball to deep left to even the contest at four.
The game would remain tied through 10 innings with the Canes draw a lead-off walk and eventually moving the runner to third with two ground outs. Brad Fieger then hit a single to right to score the deciding run.
FAU Jimmy Tornabene took the Owls first loss of the season after just one inning of work. Brandon Rhodes started the game for FAU. He pitched 5.3, allowed just six hits and two runs, both earned. The freshman retired four by strikeout. Michael Sylverstri saw two innings of action and allowed just one unearned run. Bo Logan and Hugh Adams worked the eighth, ninth and tenth with Adams giving up the homer.
Offensively for the Owls, Rocklein was 3-for-6 with the two RBI homer, Morales continued with his hot bat and was 3-for-4. Both Levi Meyer and Santiago rounded out the multiple hit Owls, who as a team tallied 15 hits on the night.
FAU will be back in action 6:30 p.m. Friday. To follow the games: log onto www.fausports.com, follow the team via twitter @FAUOwlAthletics or Facebook @fauowlathletics. To purchase tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls.