BOCA RATON, Fla. - MEDIA CONTACT: Katrina McCormack 561-297-3163, email@example.com Florida Atlantic University’s baseball team (10-1) defeated St. Joseph’s 1-0 on Tuesday behind the efforts of starting pitcher/DH Sean Labsan, who earned his first victory and belted a solo homer.
“It is not what we expect on a Tuesday night. It (1-0) looks more like a Friday night game,” said John McCormack, FAU’s head baseball coach. “We will take it. The pitching was exceptional. I thought it was a well-played game by both teams. We pitched better than they did and came away with a win.”
The Owls potent offense was held to just five hits on the night but, the difference was FAU’s pitching, which recorded 16 strikeouts as a staff.
Labsan, who worked on a pitch count, started the game and recorded seven strikeouts. He was relieved in the fourth by Mark Nowatnick, who cruised through the next three innings. Nowatnick struck out four and walked none. Colyn O’Connell pitched the seventh and part of the eight. He struck out three before giving way to senior captain Devon Carr, who faced just one batter. Cameron Ragsdale picked up his third save of the season after closing out the ninth. He struck out two and faced the minimum.
Offensively, Labsan had two of the team’s five hits with a 2-for-3 plate performance, including a solo homer in the second. Third baseman Austin Langham was 2-for-3 with a double and junior second baseman Stephen Kerr was 1-for-2.
The two teams will be back in action at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. For tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls. To follow the game, via game tracker, log onto fausports.com.