Feb. 23, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - After falling behind in the top of the first inning, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team came back to defeat Monmouth in the rubber match 6-5 on Sunday to win the series 2-1.
Monmouth (1-2) scored four runs with two outs in the first inning with the help of five hits and an FAU error to take an early lead.
The Owls (5-2) came back in the bottom of the frame to post three runs as Brendon Sanger, Stephen Kerr and Tyler Rocklein led off the game with three consecutive singles to load the bases. After a sacrifice fly by Ricky Santiago scored Sanger and a stolen base by Rocklein, redshirt freshman Esteban Puerta hit a two-out, two-RBI double to cut the lead to one.
Freshman CJ Chatham led off the second with a double to left-center and Jose Bonilla Traverso reached on an error to put two on with nobody out. Sanger and Kerr singled again, followed by a double by Rocklein to put the Owls on top 6-4 after two innings. The Hawks would load the bases in the top of the fifth before an FAU error allowed one run to score. Junior Bo Logan came on to pitch for the Owls with one out and struck out two to end the threat, leaving FAU with the 6-5 lead.
Neither team managed a hit over the final three innings as the Owls held off Monmouth for the series victory.
Logan earned the victory, his first of the season, striking out three in 2.2 innings of work. His first ten pitches were strikes as he allowed only one hit in his time on the hill. Junior Drew Jackson started the game for FAU, allowing four earned runs and striking out two in 4.1 innings. Senior captain Kevin Alexander picked up his second save of the season, fanning three of the six batters he faced without allowing a runner to reach base.
Sanger, Kerr, Rocklein and Chatham each went 2-for-4 for the Owls, each scoring at least one run. Puerta's two RBI led FAU in the game.
The Owls go on the road to face North Florida on Feb. 25 and 26 before returning home for a five-game homestand against St. Johns and Boston College at the FAU Baseball Stadium. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.