March 23, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Scoring 10 runs in the second game, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team split a road doubleheader against Arkansas State University at Tomlinson Stadium on Saturday, March 23. The Owls lost the opener 3-2 in 10 innings before rebounding for a 10-5 victory.
FAU (14-9 overall, 3-2 Sun Belt) scored six runs in the first inning to grab early momentum in the nightcap. Senior outfielder Nathan Pittman led off the game with a home run to right field. Two batters later, senior first baseman Mark Nelson hit his team-leading fifth home run with a two-run shot to right field.
The visitors tallied six hits to score six runs in the decisive first inning.
Later, junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein hit his fourth home run with a two-run blast in the second inning to give FAU an 8-4 lead. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the contest.
Arkansas State (16-8, 4-1 Sun Belt) got a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the lead to 8-5.
In the seventh, freshman designated hitter Brendon Sanger lined a single to score Rocklein. Sanger would later score on a single by sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales, who had three hits and drove in two more for the game.
Junior catcher Levi Meyer and Nelson each had two hits to round out the team's 13-hit attack.
Senior right hander Jake Meiers got the victory, striking out five batters in five innings. Meiers stands 2-2 on the season. Relievers sophomore Bo Logan, senior Michael Sylvestri and freshman Brandon Rhodes pitched the remaining four innings to give the Red Wolves their first conference loss of the spring.
In the first game, Arkansas State's Alex Potts hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the 10th inning to give the hosts a 3-2 victory.
FAU tied the game in the eighth inning when a double by Pittman brought home freshman pinch runner Billy Endris.
Two Arkansas State errors helped the visitors to grab a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Red Wolves quickly answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning - a lead that would hold up until the eighth inning.
Sophomore left hander Austin Gomber matched his career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed two unearned runs across six innings. Junior right hander Kevin Alexander suffered the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season.
Nelson went 2-for-5 and Morales added two hits in the loss. The Owls outhit Arkansas State 8-6 in the opener.
FAU returns to the diamond on Sunday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the series-deciding game. Both teams will be striving to win the second weekend series of the conference campaign. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
Single-game tickets for remaining home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.