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BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team improved to 8-0 at home this season with Friday's 4-2 win over Seton Hall in the first matchup of a five-game homestand at FAU Baseball Stadium.
"We're not making in-game adjustments," said Head Coach John McCormack of the team's offense. "(Seton Hall) made an adjustment on how to pitch to our hitters, and our guys didn't adjust back ... (but) we pitched well and made some plays."
The Turning Point
The entirety of the Owls' (9-4) offense came in the first inning, and nearly all came from the first four hitters of that frame. Tyler Frank lined an 0-2 pitch into the left-center field gap for a double, and Joe Montes knocked him in with a single to the opposite alley. David Miranda scorched another gap double, putting runners at second and third, and he and Montes both came in when Pedro Pages singled to left-center. The fourth and final FAU run came in after Andru Summerall singled and Eric Rivera scored Pages on a sacrifice fly.
The Pirates (5-6) got deep in counts against Jake Miednik, but he bent and didn't break. Two were stranded in the first and another in the second, and in each of the fourth and fifth innings, the first two SHU batters reached on hits. In the fourth, Miednik had the bases loaded and one out, but didn't allow a run. The next inning, it was bases loaded and no outs, and the Pirates could only push one across on a sac fly. Later, Drew Peden inherited two on and one out (with a run in) in the eighth, and got two straight flyouts, and Zach Schneider closed it out in the ninth, which included the amazing catch by centerfielder Cody Wilson included atop this page.
- Pages added another single and is hitting .375 (12-for-32) at home
- Frank's double extended his hitting streak to eight games. Friday marked the third straight game he led off the FAU first inning with a double
- Miednik struck out eight in five innings, improving to 3-1 on the year while lowering his season ERA to 1.03 as the run against him was unearned
- Blake Sanderson pitched 2 1/3 innings, striking out four more Pirates
- Schneider saved his fifth game in as many chances, and still has yet to allow a basehit
- Owls' pitching worked together to strand 13 SHU baserunners
Game two against SHU is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday. The newest class of FAU Baseball Hall of Fame inductees will be honored pregame, at approximately 3:30 p.m.