Baseball Drops C-USA Opener 6-4 in Texas



March 8, 2014

Final Stats

SAN ANTONIO, Texas. - Despite posting 13 hits and having 11 different players reach base in its Conference USA debut, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team dropped a Friday night contest 6-4 at UTSA in San Antonio.

The Owls (10-4, 0-1 C-USA) will face the Roadrunners in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. CT due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday.

Junior Austin Gomber got the start for the Owls and struck out nine while allowing two runs on five hits over his six innings. Cody Mizelle was tagged with the loss after giving up four earned runs, five walks and two hits in 1.2 innings of work.

Ricky Santiago and Brendon Sanger each went 3-for-5 on the night for FAU and Esteban Puerta hit his first career home run, a two-run shot in the ninth inning.

UTSA (10-4, 1-0 C-USA) pieced together four hits in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead.

The Owls would respond in the top of the second as Robert Buckley drew a two-out walk. CJ Chatham, Billy Endris and Stephen Kerr hit back-to-back-to-back singles to tie the game at two apiece.

A stalemate ensued, even though FAU had runners reach base in each inning with the exception of the eighth.

UTSA scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the home victory. A double and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with one out. John Welborn hit a two-out, two-RBI single to put the Roadrunners up 4-2. Two more walks and a balk by Mizelle allowed UTSA to score the final two runs and lead by four.

 

 

In the top of the ninth, Puerta hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run over the scoreboard in left to cut the lead in half, but the comeback was cut short as no other batters were able to reach base.

Jeremy Strawn is listed as the starter for Saturday's morning game while Drew Jackson will take the hill in game three. Live audio is available at FAUSports.com.

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