March 13, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein had a 5-for-6 hitting night as the Florida Atlantic University set a season-high with 17 hits in a 15-6 win over the University of Maine on Wednesday, March 13 in the finale of a two-game midweek series at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
The game was the last tune up before the Owls (11-7) begin defense of the Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship at home against South Florida rival FIU on Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Rocklein had a home run, double and three singles among his five hits. The junior college transfer also accounted for six of the 15 runs by driving in three runs and scoring three other runs. He wasn't the only FAU player having a strong night against the Black Bears.
Junior second baseman Sean Murrell went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while freshman designated hitter Brendon Sanger had career highs with three hits and three RBI. Junior catcher Levi Meyer rounded out the multiple-hit performances with two hits. Meyer also drove in three runs in the victory.
FAU took an early lead using a two-out rally to plate four runs in the second inning. Sanger's two-run single to right field started the scoring. Two batters later, Meyer also had a two-run single in the frame to plate Murrell and Sanger.
The next inning, sophomore third baseman Ricky Santiago's run-scoring double into the left-center field gap plated senior outfielder Corey Keller to give FAU a 5-1 lead. Sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales drove in two runs on a single to center field in the inning.
Maine (9-11) answered with a four-run fourth inning to trim the deficit to 7-5. However, the Owls responded with their second four-run frame in the bottom of the fifth inning. They also added a run in the sixth, two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth inning.
On the mound, freshman Seth McGarry won his second straight starting assignment. The right hander allowed two runs and had two strikeouts in three innings. Sophomore Bo Logan recorded three strikeouts in pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings. Senior Gregg Bennis, freshman Kyle Miller and senior Hugh Adams tossed the final four innings.
Maine's starting pitcher Logan Fullmer fell to 1-2 on the season, allowing four runs and four hits in 1.2 innings.
Live audio and statistics of Friday's game against FIU will be available at www.fausports.com. Season and single-game tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.