Feb. 25, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four different players recorded multiple hits on Tuesday as the Florida Atlantic University baseball team defeated North Florida 2-1 in Jacksonville.
The Owls (6-2) won their third straight game thanks to an impressive outing by the pitching staff. Four pitchers combined to throw 11 strikeouts while holding the Ospreys (4-3) to three hits and no earned runs and one walk. Freshman Sean Labsan got his first career start, striking out three and allowing just one hit in his three innings of work.
It was junior newcomer Reily Monkman who earned his first career victory, however, as he came on in relief of Labsan to strike out three more without allowing an earned run.
Sophomore Brandon Rhodes continued his impressive start to the year, striking out three more in his two innings on the hill. Senior captain Kevin Alexander earned his third save of the season as he came in to fan two of three in the ninth inning to seal the FAU victory.
FAU got on the board first in the fifth inning as Buckley and Chatham hit back-to-back singles to open the frame. After a sacrifice bunt by Billy Endris to advance the runners, Brendon Sanger hit an RBI groundout to score Buckley. Chatham would score on a wild pitch to give FAU a two-run advantage.
UNF would attempt to spark a rally in the sixth after a leadoff double by Peyton Walsh and a single by Donnie Dewees put runners at the corners. Monkman threw out Walsh on a fielder's choice before a stolen base and an FAU error allowed the Ospreys to score their only run of the game.
The second and final game of the series is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. FAU returns home to host St. Johns and Boston College in a five-game home stand starting on Friday, Feb. 28. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.