March 28, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team suffered its third shutout of the season, falling 2-0 at home to Southern Miss on Friday night at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
Game two of the series has been bumped up to a 1 p.m. start on Saturday, March 29 due to the threat of inclement weather moving into the area, while game three is slated for Noon on Sunday, March 30.
Austin Gomber was tagged with the loss, but was unable to get any run support for the second game in a row. The junior allowed just one earned run on seven hits and struck out five without walking a batter.
Christian Tally earned the victory for the Golden Eagles (14-12, 5-2 C-USA), striking out four and walking one while giving up seven hits in seven innings. Bradley Roney picked up his eighth save of the season.
The Owls (14-11, 3-7 C-USA) managed hits in each of the first two innings, including singles by Tyler Rocklein and Ricky Santiago in the second inning, but were unable to bring runners across the plate.
Gomber retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced before the Golden Eagles rallied for two hits in each the fourth and fifth innings. With runners on first and second in the fifth, Mitch Morales committed a throwing error on a two-out grounder that allowed the first run of the game.
The Golden Eagles would tack on an insurance run in the seventh after Roney singled, advanced on a wild pitch, and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. A double down the left field line by Nick Dawson scored Roney, giving USM a 2-0 advantage.
Rocklein led the Owls from the plate, going 3-for-4 on the day.
Jeremy Strawn will take the hill for FAU in game two and will face Conor Fisk of Southern Miss.