BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Florida Atlantic University baseball team clinched the weekend series versus Seton Hall with Saturday's rain-shortened 11-3 win, and will go for the sweep Sunday at the moved-up game time of 11 a.m.
"You score nine runs in an inning and you have to be happy," said Head Coach John McCormack. "Too many dead spots in the lineup, but under adverse conditions, I thought it was a really good day. The pitchers did what they were supposed to do, threw strikes (and) made the plays for the most part. And we did our best to try to get the game in."
The Turning Point
Seton Hall (5-7) scored a run in each of the first and second innings off FAU (10-4) starter Kyle Marman, but saw their advantage halved on a towering Gunnar Lambert home run to right in the bottom of the second. Marman stranded two in the third, and the Owls' offense exploded in the bottom half. All told, 14 hitters came to the plate, with nine runs scoring on eight hits, a walk, two hit-by-pitch, an error, a balk and a wild pitch (for more on the inning, see below).
Marman came back out and finished the fourth and fifth, allowing just one hit. Reliever Nick Swan picked up a three-inning save, retiring the first six batters he faced, and just one run came in for SHU against him, in the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Steven Revilla scored his first collegiate run, on a wild pitch. With the rain increasing, the game was called with the bases loaded and two outs, not to be resumed.
- David Miranda and Pedro Pages each had two hits in the nine-run third. Miranda tripled in a run and scored, and later doubled before scoring again; Pages had an RBI double and a two-run single
- Also with two hits in the inning, and three in the game, was Joe Montes. He scored twice in the third and his second single scored a run
- Diamond Johnson knocked in two on a bases-loaded single in the frame
- Tyler Frank led off the Owls' first with a single to extend his hitting streak to eight games
- All nine FAU starters reached base, eight of the nine had a hit, and seven scored at least one run
- Marman improved to 4-0 on the year, allowing five hits in five innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts
- Swan's stint included four strikeouts, and he did not reach a three-ball count with any of the 12 batters he faced
Bonus: Ring of Honor
Prior to the game, FAU inducted the newest members of their Ring of Honor, four former Owl players, as the Class of 2018: Hugh Adams (2009-13), Bill Cobe (1981-82), Darryl Powell (1981-82) and Mickey Storey (2005-08).
Game three, again, has been moved up to 11 a.m. Sunday at FAU Baseball Stadium. The starting pitching matchup will be Vince Coletti of FAU against Noah Thompson of SHU.