Rocklein hit his first home run of the season
March 30, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A two-run home run by Tyler Rocklein in the third inning proved to be the winning factor on Sunday as the Florida Atlantic University baseball team topped Southern Miss 3-1 in Boca Raton.
Junior Drew Jackson dealt 8.2 innings and struck out seven batters in the longest outing of his career. The junior newcomer improved his record to 3-0 on the season.
The Owls (15-12, 4-8 C-USA) snapped a five-game losing streak and built up momentum to carry into their Tuesday battle at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
FAU put runners on in each of the first two innings, but were unable to bring any across the plate. Junior Mitch Morales hit a one-out single to center in the third before Rocklein turned a first-pitch fastball into two runs for the Owls.
Billy Endris was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth and advanced to third on a single by freshman Kevin Abraham. Freshman CJ Chatham then picked up an RBI groundout to score Endris, putting the Owls on top 3-0.
Jackson retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced from the fourth to the eighth innings before allowing a lone run in the ninth.
Cameron Giannini was tagged with the loss for the Golden Eagles (15-13, 6-3 C-USA), giving up six hits and three runs over 3.2 innings of work.
FAU's first pitch at Florida is slated for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1 in Gainesville. Live audio will be provided on FAUSports.com while the game will also be carried on ESPN3.