March 6, 2014
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's baseball team (10-3) defeated Boston College 6-2 (6-6), Wednesday.
The Owls put the first run on the board in the bottom of the first. Freshman Stephen Kerr doubled down the right field line. Tyler Rocklein, who was 3-for-3 on the night, moved Kerr to third with his first single of the game. Senior Ricky Santiago then plated Kerr with a sacrifice to right.
Boston College would even the score in the top half of the second and the two teams would remain knotted at one until the bottom of the third. Kerr hit a two-out double down the right field line and would score on a Rocklein single up the middle. The Owls would add a run in the bottom of the frame, once again off the bat of Rocklein, who hit a double to left scoring Brendon Sanger.
FAU added a run in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames while Boston College would plate just one run and leave the bases loaded in both the seven and eighth.
The top of FAU's order was 7-for-13 on the night with both Sanger and Kerr going 2-for-5 and combining for four of the team's six runs. Rocklein was 3-for-3 with two RBI.
Brandon Rhodes started for the Owls and pitched four complete. He was charged with one earned run after giving up seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He was relieved by Jimmy Thornabene, who picked up his first win of the 2014 season after 2.1 innings of work. Tornabene also was charged with a run. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out one. Brett Maggard saw 1.1 innings of shutout baseball and Reily Monkman matched the marks to pick up his first FAU save.
FAU will hit the road for its first Conference USA weekend series scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Fans can follow the team at www.fausports.com where live stats and free audio are available.