March 3, 2013
Myrtle Beach, SC - Sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales drove in three runs to lead the Florida Atlantic University baseball team to a 6-5 victory over West Virginia University on the final day of the Caravelle Resort's Baseball at the Beach tournament on Sunday, March 3 at TicketReturn.com Field.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Morales extended the Owls lead to 4-1 with a two-out, two-run single up the middle. The base hit scored senior outfielder Corey Keller and freshman designated hitter Billy Endris.
West Virginia would push a run across in each of the seventh and eighth innings to cut FAU's lead to 4-3.
Then, the Owls' offense struck again in the bottom of the eighth inning. Endris scored his second run of the game on a throwing error following an infield ground ball by junior catcher Levi Meyer. The Mountaineers' attempt at an inning-ending double play was spoiled by a throwing error to first base. That error allowed Endris to score from third base. Morales followed with a double down the right field line to plate Meyer and give FAU a 6-3 lead.
West Virginia mounted a rally in the ninth inning, scoring two runs and having the go-ahead run at the plate. However, senior reliever Hugh Adams got Michael Constantini to pop up to junior second baseman Sean Murrell to end the game.
FAU found itself behind 1-0 in the fourth inning on a Ryan Tuntland sacrifice fly to score Matt Frazier.
The Owls quickly answered in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game. Junior outfielder Geoff Jimenez started the frame with a single. Keller had a one-out single to right field that moved Jimenez to third base. Endris followed with a RBI single to right field to score Jimenez. The base hit marked the first career hit for Endris.
The team took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning on a double by senior first baseman Mark Nelson to plate Jimenez.
Senior reliever Michael Sylvestri picked up his second win of the season in relief. The right hander had one strikeout and allowed two runs in 1.2 innings. Senior starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn matched his career high with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Adams recorded his fourth save of the season and school record 17th save of his career.
Florida Atlantic improves to 6-5 on the season and will play a doubleheader against Florida A&M University on Tuesday, March 5 at 3 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. West Virginia falls to 4-6 on the season.
Season and single-game tickets for upcoming home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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