March 8, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader at UTSA, shutting out the Roadrunners 3-0 in the afternoon game after falling 6-0 in the morning contest.
Sloppy conditions forced the teams to alter the schedule, moving Sunday's game up a day to form the doubleheader.
UTSA (11-5, 2-1 C-USA) won the series after earning a 6-4 win on Friday night. The Owls (11-5, 1-2 C-USA) suffered their first series loss of the year.
Junior Drew Jackson pitched six innings of shutout work in the second game, striking out seven while walking one to earn the victory. Kevin Alexander picked up his fourth save of the season without allowing a hit over the final two innings.
The FAU defense did not allow a UTSA runner to reach third base throughout the game while the pitchers gave up only one hit over the last seven innings.
Sophomore Brendon Sanger reached base five times on two hits, two walks and a hit by pitch.
FAU jumped on top in the third as CJ Chatham sparked a run with a double down the left field line. Billy Endris, Stephen Kerr and Brendon Sanger hit back-to-back-to-back singles to score two runs. An error on a Tyler Rocklein grounder helped the Owls tack on the third and final run of the game.
Game one saw a pitching battle as both starting pitchers had no-hitters working through the first four innings with Jeremy Strawn extending his into the sixth.
Horatio Correa III was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth inning and, after a sacrifice bunt, came around to score on errors by the FAU infielders, putting the Roadrunners up 1-0 without a hit.
UTSA would add to its lead in the seventh with a two-out, RBI double by CJ Pickering before the Roadrunner bats lit up the scoreboard in the eighth. UTSA pieced together six hits and a walk for four runs to go up by the final score of 6-0.
The Owls put two on base in each the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to produce runs as FAU was shutout for the first time in its last 61 games.
The Owls return home to host Maine on March 11 and 12 before holding their Conference USA home-opening series against Louisiana Tech starting on Friday, March 14. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.