Feb. 28, 2014
BOCA RATON, FL - FAU Baseball Downs St. John's 11-1
Florida Atlantic University's baseball team (7-2) tallied 13 hits, the fourth time in just nine games the Owls have reached double-digit hits, to defeat St. John's University 11-1.
Austin Gomber (1-2) drew his third start of the season and picked up the win after six innings of work. The junior saw the Red Storm (1-6) score in the first but settled in to pitch the next five scoreless innings. Gomber recorded five strikeouts and walked just one on the way to the win. The bullpen completed the final three innings and did not a St. John's hit. Both Kyle Miller and Alex Koji retired one each via a strikeout. Brett Maggard recorded the first out of the ninth while John Sebelle completed the game.
Offensively, Billy Endris was 3-for-3 with three RBI for the Owls while Sean Labsan and Levi Meyer were 2-for-4 on the night. Labsan and Endris each belted homeruns. Robert Buckley, Ricky Santiago, Sean Labsan and CJ Chatam recorded doubles for FAU while Tyler Rocklein added a triple.
St. John's plated the first run of the game in the top of the first and then held FAU scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. In the bottom of the second, Chatam hit a two-out two RBI double to take the first lead of the game for the Owls.
FAU scored four in the third. Right fielder Brendon Sanger singled and was driven home by Rocklein's triple. The Owls then would capitalize on an error and a two-out homer by Labsan. Endris lead-off the fourth with a solo homer. Back-to-back lead-off doubles in the fifth by Santiago and Labsan scored one and set-up Endris for his third RBI of the game and the 9-1 FAU lead.
Buckley then drove in two in the bottom of the eighth with a double down the right line and the 11-1 final.
The two teams will return to the field for the second of the schedule three-game series, 4 p.m. Saturday. For tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls.
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