Feb. 21, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A five-run first inning for Monmouth proved to be too much for the Florida Atlantic University baseball team to overcome on Friday as the Owls fell to the Hawks 5-1 in Boca Raton.
Monmouth (1-0) pitcher Andrew McGee earned the complete-game victory and had a shutout going into the ninth before a Hawk error allowed the Owls (3-2) to score a run.
FAU ace Austin Gomber suffered the loss, despite striking out seven in his six innings of work.
The Hawks opened the game with four consecutive hits, including two doubles, to take the early lead. Following a leadoff single by Brendon Sanger, McGee retired 13 consecutive FAU batters to keep the Owls at bay.
Sanger was the only FAU player to manage multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-4. Freshman Jose Bonilla Traverso reached on an error to open the ninth and advanced to third on a Sanger double. Fellow freshman Stephen Kerr then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Bonilla Traverso.
The second game of the series is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the FAU Baseball Stadium. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.