BOCA RATON, Fla. – For the second consecutive game, a 14-strikeout game was delivered by a Florida Atlantic University pitcher as Kyle Marman turned the trick Saturday, and Gunnar Lambert’s two-run home run was all the offense the Owls needed in a 2-1 victory over Delaware.
“He did a great job, and we needed every one of those strikeouts,” said Head Coach John McCormack of Marman. “Offensively, it’s still a little bit of an issue, (but) we got bailed out by a two-run homer. Played well defensively, and of course, pitched fantastic. Sandy (Blake Sanderson) comes in, gets the guy, Mark (Nowatnick) gets a clean eighth and we got somewhat of a clean ninth.”
The Turning Point
On Friday, Jake Miednik struck out the first seven hitters he faced and notched strikeout No. 10 in the fifth inning. Marman did his best to piggyback on that performance, with K’s of five of the first six, and his ninth, 10th and 11th coming while striking out the side in the fifth. Then, in the bottom half, with one on and two out, Lambert crushed an offering to the batting cages beyond the rightfield fence for a 2-0 edge.
Another Marman punchout ended the sixth, and two more, to reach 14, were sandwiched around a single in the top of the seventh. But with two outs, an RBI single by Mike Krusinski made it 2-1 and chased Marman from the contest. Blake Sanderson came on with the tying run at first, and battled back on a 3-1 pitch to induce a lineout to second baseman Richie Nizza to keep the advantage. Mark Nowatnick pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Zach Schneider picked up the save, stranding another potential tying run on first in the ninth.
- Lambert’s home run was his first since March 25, 2016 against UAB. It plated Andru Summerall, who had been hit by a pitch
- David Miranda had two doubles
- Tyler Frank and Pedro Pages each came up with two hits on the night as well
- Marman ended up pitching 6 2/3 innings, allowing just five hits and the one run, with no walks and his career-high 14 K’s
- He struck out at least one batter in every inning, had two or more strikeouts in five of his seven frames, and punched out eight of the nine Blue Hens starters
- Before the first UD single in the seventh, Marman had retired 12 straight, and 17 of the previous 18
- Nowatnick’s perfect frame included FAU’s 15th strikeout
- Schneider’s save was his second in as many chances
The series finale against the Blue Hens begins at noon Sunday at FAU Baseball Stadium. FAU will turn to junior righthander Vince Coletti, facing off against UD freshman righty Billy Sullivan IV.