March 25, 2012
Murfreesboro, TN - Four pitchers combined to throw a shutout and lead the Florida Atlantic University baseball team to a 3-0 road series-clinching victory over Middle Tennessee State University on Sunday afternoon at Reese Smith Jr. Field in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The Owls remain in first place in the Sun Belt Conference with a 5-1 league record - all the wins coming on the road. FAU improved to 16-9 overall and opens a nine-game home stand on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. against in-state rival UCF.
The team took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning behind two MTSU errors. With the bases loaded, junior catcher Mike Spano hit a one-out ground ball to first base. The ball was bobbled and allowed all runners to be safe. Sophomore outfielder Geoff Jimenez scored on the play for an unearned run.
The score would remain 1-0 until the seventh inning when freshman shortstop Mitch Morales' two-out RBI single to right field scored freshman infielder Ricky Santiago. Morales would later score on a Jimenez base hit to give FAU the 3-0 advantage. Freshman starting pitcher Austin Gomber pitched out a couple of jams but scattered seven hits in six scoreless innings. The left hander improved to 2-1 on the season and recorded four strikeouts.
Senior reliever Ahmed Garcia tossed 1.1 scoreless innings and had a strikeout. Junior right hander Michael Sylvestri worked around a bases-loaded situation in the MTSU eighth inning. Junior reliever R.J. Alvarez threw a perfect ninth inning to record his second save of the series and third on the season.
FAU's pitching staff allowed six runs in the three-game series.
MTSU (14-10, 3-3 Sun Belt) starting pitcher Jonathan Sisco suffered his first loss of the season, dropping to 4-1. The right hander allowed three runs in 6.2 innings. The Blue Raiders were led by Matthew Drake, Ryan Ford and Ryan Stephens with two hits each apiece.
Live audio and statistics of Tuesday's game against UCF can be found at www.fausports.com. For season tickets contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.