April 2, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Freshman outfielder Brendon Sanger had four hits, including his first collegiate home run, as the nationally ranked Florida Atlantic University baseball team picked up its 20th victory of the season with a 7-6 win over Lynn University on Tuesday, April 2 at the FAU Baseball Stadium. The Owls, which have won seven straight games, are ranked No. 25 in the latest Baseball America.
FAU (20-9) now resumes Sun Belt Conference (SBC) play with a weekend series at ULM on Friday, April 5. The team is in a first-place tie atop the SBC after the first three weeks of league play.
Going 4-for-5 at the plate, Sanger paced FAU's 11-hit offensive attack against the crosstown Division II opponent. He also scored three runs and his three-run home run in the second inning gave the hosts an early 4-0 advantage. Senior first baseman Mark Nelson and freshman designated hitter Billy Endris also had multiple-hit performances for the team.
Lynn (22-12) cut the lead in half, 4-2, following a two-run single by Alex Freedman in the top of the third inning. Then, the Owls added a run in the bottom of the third inning when sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales drove in Endris with a run-scoring single to center field.
But the Fighting Knights came right back and had a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning. Jason Matusik led off the fourth inning with a home run and Sal Giardina Jr. struck a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
The lead was short lived as a ground ball by FAU senior catcher Mike Spano plated Sanger to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Then, an inning later, Nelson drove in Morales with the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice.
Sophomore left hander Bo Logan picked up the victory on the mound, tossing a scoreless seventh inning. He improved to 2-0 on the season and had one strikeout in the outing. Senior Michael Sylvestri pitched a scoreless eighth inning before senior closer Hugh Adams was called upon in the ninth inning to record his ninth save of the season.
FAU used seven pitchers in the contest. Starter Brandon Rhodes allowing two runs in three innings. Juniors Andrew Archer, Alex Koji and senior Gregg Bennis also pitched for the hosts.
Lynn's Cory Elasik and Enrique Perez each had two of the team's nine hits, which included the homers by Matusik and Giardina Jr. AJ Falleta suffered the loss after allowing a walk to the only FAU batter he faced. That base runner came around to score the winning run. Falleta dropped to 3-1 for the season.
FAU begins its SBC weekend road trip to ULM on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m., with other games scheduled on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7. The Owls bring a 7-2 conference record into the series. Live audio and statistics of the games 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.
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