March 11, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team could not hold onto an early lead in losing 10-4 to Rutgers University in Sunday's series-deciding game at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton.
The Owls fall to 10-7 on the season and return to action on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. against Fordham University.
FAU jumped out to a quick 3-0 advantage in the first inning. Junior third baseman Kyle Newton lined a two-run double to right field to plate junior first baseman Mark Nelson and junior outfielder Corey Keller. Newton would later score on a base hit by junior catcher Mike Spano to cap the scoring in the first inning.
The lead was short lived as Rutgers tied the game with three runs in the top of the second inning. Ross Costello hit a home run to right field to lead off the frame. Bill Hoerman lined a double to left field to score Vinny Zarrillo to bring the Scarlet Knights within one run at 3-2. Hoerman would score on a double play by Pat Sweeney.
The early-inning fireworks continued when FAU retook the lead, 4-3 in the second inning. Freshman shortstop Mitch Morales scored on Rob Sorci's wild pitch.
Rutgers (5-7) tied the game at four in the third inning with Zarrillo's base hit to score Michael Zavala.
One inning later, the Scarlet Knights would take a 6-4 lead on an error that allowed two unearned runs to score.
Rutgers added three runs in the sixth inning and another run in the eighth to win the three-game weekend series.
Newton paced FAU's 11-hit attack going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Freshman infielder Ricky Santiago and Spano also had multiple-hit performances.
Freshman reliever Julian Loret de Mola suffered the loss falling to 0-1, allowing two unearned runs and tossed the fourth inning.
Rutgers' Sorci picked up victory to improve to 2-2 on the season despite allowing seven hits and four runs.
The visitors were paced by Brian O'Grady, Costello and Zarrillo with each tallying three hits. Nick Favatella and Zarrillo also drove in a pair of runs.
Live audio and statistics of Tuesday's game can be found at www.fausports.com. For season tickets contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.