March 24, 2013
Jonesboro, AR - Freshman outfielder Brendon Sanger lined a two-out single to bring home the winning run in a 3-2 victory over Arkansas State University on Sunday, March 24 at Tomlinson Stadium. The win captured the road Sun Belt Conference series.
FAU won the last two games of the weekend series to improve to 15-9 overall and 4-2 in league play.
With the score tied at two, Sanger drove in sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales with a single to right field in the eighth inning.
Senior closer Hugh Adams secured the victory by recording the final six outs for his sixth save of the season. Arkansas State (16-9, 4-2 Sun Belt) broke a scoreless game with a two-out RBI single by Ryan Roberts in the fifth inning.
The visitors answered in the sixth inning on a RBI single by sophomore third baseman Ricky Santaigo. The run-scoring single scored senior catcher Mike Spano.
The Owls took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning when Sanger scored from second base on a single by senior first baseman Mark Nelson. However, the Red Wolves got three straight hits with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.
Freshman reliever Brandon Rhodes picked up the victory, improving to 2-1 on the season. The left hander struck out two batters and allowed one run in 2.1 innings. Junior starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn had a career-high seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Arkansas State's Seth McWilliams suffered the loss, falling to 3-4 on the season. He allowed two runs in two innings. Roberts had four of the team's 10 hits and drove in a run.
FAU returns to the diamond on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. when it travels to the University of Miami in Coral Gables. 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.