Rocklein's triple sparked the FAU comeback
March 16, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team completed a late-game comeback in dramatic fashion on Sunday at the FAU Baseball Stadium to beat Louisiana Tech 3-2 to win the series.
The Owls (14-7, 3-3 C-USA) fell behind early as the Bulldogs (7-12, 2-4 C-USA) scored two runs in the second on two hits and an FAU error.
A stalemate raged on from that point until the seventh inning. With two outs, Mitch Morales, making just his third start of the season, doubled to right center on the first pitch. Freshman CJ Chatham then hit a rope up the middle that was narrowly missed by the Bulldog pitcher Richie Navari to drive in Morales, cutting the lead to 2-1.
In the eighth, Tyler Rocklein hit a one-out triple to right center and was driven in on a single by redshirt freshman Esteban Puerta to tie the game. Freshman Jose Bonilla Traverso pinch ran for Puerta and stole second, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Senior Levi Meyer stepped to the plate and drove an 0-2 pitch to right, scoring Bonilla Traverso for the game-winner.
Senior reliever Kevin Alexander closed out the game for the Owls and earned his second victory of the season. The captain allowed two hits but no runs in his two innings of work. Alexander took over for Drew Jackson who was tagged with two runs on five hits and five strikeouts in seven innings on the hill.
Meyer and sophomore Billy Endris each went 2-for-3 on the day as FAU earned its first Conference USA series win.
The Owls will next see action in a three-game series at Rice starting on Friday, March 21. Rice and FAU were picked to finish first and second in Conference USA, respectively, as voted upon by the league coaches.