March 1, 2014
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to St. John' University Saturday night.
The game was nip and tuck from beginning to end. Both starting pitchers got out of the first unscathed. FAU's Jeremy Strawn (1-2) saw the Red Storm hit a two-out single to score a runner, who reached on a hit by pitch, from third. The first pitch in the bottom half of the inning was delivered over the left field wall by Owls first baseman Ricky Santiago, his second of the young season.
The two teams traded runs again in the third. FAU scored following a two-out single by Stephen Kerr and a RBI double by Brendon Sanger.
St. John's would score two unearned runs in the top of the fourth and hold FAU scoreless in the bottom frame to take their third lead of the game.
Billy Endris led off the fifth for the Owls with a single to left. He moved to second on a Red Storm fielding error that put runners on first and second for FAU. Kerr placed a perfect bunt, which he nearly beat, to put the Owls into position to score. Sanger would draw a walk, the first of two on the night for the sophomore. With bases loaded senior Tyler Rockleinscored Kerr with a sacrifice to left.
Despite FAU's near two-out heroics by loading the bases in the ninth, the Red Storm held on to win.
Offensively for the Owls, Kerr was 2-for-3, Santiago was 2-for-5 with the homer and Billy Endris was 2-for-4. The FAU bullpen continues to be lights out. Cody Mizellerelieved Strawn and pitched 2.2 inning of two-hit ball. He recorded four strikeouts. Bo Logan finished the game, 2.1 innings, striking out six of the seven batters he faced.
Ten FAU relievers hold a 0.00 ERA and have accumulated 36.2 innings of work. FAU's relievers have not allowed an earned run since the second game of the 2014 season. They have allowed just five runs, four of which were earned in the season's first 10 games.
FAU will play host to St. John's to complete the weekend three-game series 1 p.m. Sunday. For tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls or visit www.fausports.com.