Senior Jake Meiers struck out a career-high seven batters against No. 10-ranked North Carolina State
March 2, 2013
Myrtle Beach, SC - Nationally ranked North Carolina State University scored in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat the Florida Atlantic University baseball team 2-1 on Saturday, March 2 in the second game of the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach Tournament at TicketReturn.com Field.
North Carolina State's Trea Turner led off the 10th inning with a double and took third base on a fielding error in left field. After back-to-back intentional walks to load the bases, Tarran Senay hit a ground ball that Turner beat the throw to home plate in an attempt for the force out.
The game is the third extra-inning contest of the season for the Owls, which defeated the University of Cincinnati in 10 innings on February 17 before losing to No. 20-ranked University of Miami in 11 innings on February 20.
FAU starting pitcher Jake Meiers struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed only one run in five innings. The senior right hander scattered five hits and did not allow a walk.
Junior right hander Kevin Alexander falls to 1-1 on the season after allowing one unearned run over four innings. He had three strikeouts in the relief appearance.
The Wolfpack took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a double-steal play. With runners on the corners and two outs, Tarran Senay stole second base while Brett Austin successfully stole home for the lead run.
Later, FAU tied the game on a single by senior outfielder Nathan Pittman in the sixth inning. Pittman's hit, the team's first of the game, scored sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales, who had drawn a walk and stole second base to get into scoring position.
Junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein had FAU's only other hit against Preseason All-American pitcher Carlos Rodon, who struck out 16 batters across seven innings. Ryan Wilkins picked up the victory with 1.2 innings in relief.
The Owls will close out tournament play against West Virginia University on Sunday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Live statistics of the game are available at www.fausports.com.
Season and single-game tickets for remaining home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.