BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University baseball team saw 15 batters come to the plate and nine of them score in the fifth inning to break open a scoreless game and make up the bulk of the scoring in a 10-1 Saturday win at FAU Baseball Stadium.
The Turning Point
The Owls (13-5-1, 2-0 Conference USA) had been held to no runs on just one hit their four first turns against Tyler Hasper of MT (8-10, 0-2). Hasper had been matched by his FAU counterpart, Alex House, who to that point had given up just three hits. But the scope of the game changed when Gary Mattis led off the home fifth with a solo home run just over the leftfield fence.
That was not nearly all in the nearly one-hour-long inning. Kevin Abraham followed with a single, and was successfully sacrificed to second by Eric Rivera. After a walk to Tyler Frank, David Miranda made it 2-0 with a seeing-eye single. The next three batters each knocked in multiple runs: Stephen Kerr with two on a double into the leftfield alley; Sean Labsan, two on a single near the rightfield line; and Esteban Puerta, a two-run home run the opposite way to right. The scoring ended on a walk to Austin Langham with the bases loaded.
- House (2-1) pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings, scattering eight hits and allowing only one run. He struck out five Blue Raiders in his second consecutive quality start
- Andrew Jones finished the eighth, retiring the only batter he faced, while Weston Clemente pitched a perfect ninth
- All nine Owls’ starters notched hits. Miranda and Mattis led the way with two each
- All but one starter scored a run, and Mattis and Frank scored two apiece
- Kerr had three RBI for the second straight day; his sacrifice fly in the eighth ended the scoring
- The Owls drew eight walks and three hit-by-pitches (13 and seven now in the two games of the series), and MT made three errors
“House was fantastic,” said Head Coach John McCormack. “He and I and the whole team have been waiting for this start, where he can go deep into the game, eight innings, seven innings, keep it at a run, two runs, and he did it. We knew he was capable of it. It was great that he matched zeroes with (Hasper) until we were able to get some offense for him.”