March 14, 2006
A three-run home run by Alex Fonseca in the eighth inning propelled Florida Atlantic University to a 6-4 win over Rutgers University. The home run was the third of the night for the Owls and improved their record to 9-11, while the Scarlet Knights fell to 3-9.
After a double and a single put Rutgers on the board in the top of the third, FAU recovered as William Block picked up the first hit off of Rutgers starter Sean Spicer. His hit tied the contest at one as it cleared the left field fence for the freshman's team-leading third homer of the year.
In the fifth, FAU picked up a two-run lead with two outs. Jordan Hafer picked up his second home run of the year before Daniel Cook singled and stole second. Ovy Ramirez then drove home his 16th run of the season with a single through the right side.
Making his first start of the season, Will Mann pitched six innings and recorded seven strikeouts while allowing one run on seven hits. He left the game with a 3-1 lead. The Scarlet Knights erased that lead in the seventh inning on a single and four walks.
Frank Meade started the eighth inning by giving Rutgers back the lead with a leadoff home run off of reliever Andrew Tomlin but the Scarlet Knights could not plate any more runs as Joel Schmal (3-2) closed out the inning and earned the win. Rutgers left the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings and stranded a total of 14 runners on the night.
A one-out single by Anthony Albano was followed by a walk before Fonseca delivered the game-winning hit over the left field fence for the 6-4 advantage.
Mike Crotta shutdown the Rutgers offense in the ninth as he struck out three and allowed one hit as he recorded his third save of the year.
Tim Woodhull (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up two runs on one hit.
The win was FAU's eighth straight win over Rutgers.
FAU returns to action on Wednesday night against Columbia University at 7 p.m. at FAU Stadium.