March 10, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team committed four errors and suffered a 6-3 loss to Rutgers University on Saturday at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton. The three-game weekend series is tied at one win apiece heading into finale on Sunday, March 11, starting at 1 p.m. The loss drops the Owls to 10-6 on the season.
Trailing 1-0, the visiting Scarlet Knights scored five times in the top of the fourth inning to seize control of the contest.
Second baseman Nick Favatella tripled to lead off the frame, and tied the game on Jeff Melillo's RBI single. After a walk, Ross Costello cleared the bases with a two-run double to left-center field, giving the Big East Conference opponent a 3-1 advantage. Two FAU errors led to two more runs for Rutgers in the frame.
FAU tried to get back into the game by cutting into the deficit in the sixth inning. A double by junior third baseman Kyle Newton scored junior first baseman Mark Nelson to pull the Owls to within three runs, 5-2.
The score would remain that way until both teams plated a run in the eighth inning and Rutgers held a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. That's when FAU pinch-hitter Devon Workman opened the frame by being hit by a pitch. Sophomore outfielder Geoff Jimenez followed with a one-out infield single to put runners on first and second base. Senior infielder Mike Albaladejo grounded out to second base to put both Workman and Jimenez into scoring position, but with two outs. Nelson's groundout to first base ended the game.
Freshman designated hitter Ricky Santiago gave the Owls the early 1-0 lead with a two-out single to center field in the second inning scoring Newton.
Newton paced the team's offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Junior outfielder Corey Keller, junior catcher Mike Spano, Santiago, Jimenez, Albaladejo and Nelson each had one hit.
Rutgers' starting pitcher Rob Smorol improved to 2-2 on the season after allowing two runs and recording seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Reliever Tyler Gebler tallied the save with 3.1 innings in relief.
The Scarlet Knights' offense was led by Charlie Law with three hits, while Costello went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
FAU's redshirt freshman Bo Logan suffered the loss, dropping to 1-1 on the season. He struck out six batters and allowed three earned runs. Sophomore reliever Kevin Alexander tallied six strikeouts in six quality innings on the mound.
Live audio and statistics of Sunday' series finale can be found at www.fausports.com. For season tickets contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.