April 6, 2013
Monroe, LA - ULM scored four runs in the first inning as the No. 25-ranked Florida Atlantic University baseball team fell 8-5 in the second game of the Sun Belt Conference three-game series on Saturday, April 6 at Warhawk Field. The loss snapped the Owls' eight-game winning streak.
FAU (21-10, 8-3 SBC) remains atop the Sun Belt Conference and will look to win its fourth conference series on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
The host Warhawks (12-19, 2-9 SBC) capped a four-run first inning with a double by Taylor Abdalla that scored three runs.
ULM increased its lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Judd Edwards.
FAU got on the scoreboard on a three-run home run by sophomore third baseman Ricky Santiago in the eighth inning. The home run trimmed the deficit to 5-3. Senior outfielder Corey Keller and senior designated hitter Mike Spano scored on Santiago's first home run of the season.
However, ULM answered with a three-run eighth inning to once again have a five-run advantage at 8-3.
FAU attempted a ninth-inning rally, getting back-to-back home runs by freshman pitch hitter Billy Endris and senior outfielder Nathan Pittman to start the frame. The home run for Endris was his first collegiate blast.
ULM reliever Tyler Bray retired the next three batters to secure the victory. Starting pitcher Shelby Aulds evened his record at 3-3 after scattering 10 hits in 7.2 innings.
FAU junior Kevin Alexander suffered the loss, dropping 2-3 on the season. Sophomore Bo Logan and seniors Jake Meiers and Gregg Bennis also pitched for the Owls.
Offensively, junior catcher Levi Meyer, freshman outfielder Brendon Sanger and sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales each had two hits in the team's 12-hit attack. The team matched its season high with three home runs hit in a game.
ULM's Abdalla paced the eight-hit offensive attack with two hits and three RBI.
Live audio and statistics of Sunday's 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.