April 10, 2013
Fort Myers, FL - Seven first-inning runs paved the way for the Florida Atlantic University baseball team to pick up its second victory over a nationally ranked Florida Gulf Coast University squad, earning a 9-0 triumph on Wednesday, April 10 at Swanson Stadium.
The win marked the fifth victory over a nationally ranked team this season for the Owls, now 22-11 for the season.
FAU jumped on the host Eagles (20-9 and ranked No. 24 in this week’s national poll) from the very first at bat, with senior outfielder Nathan Pittman leading off the game with a home run over the right field fence. It was the first of eight hits which accounted for seven runs. Junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein had a two-run double down the right field line to give the team a 3-0 lead, and a single by freshman outfielder Brendon Sanger plated Rocklein for the fourth run of the inning.
After a FGCU pitching change, sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales hit a RBI single up the middle to give Florida Atlantic a 5-0 advantage. Pittman drove in his second run of the inning with a single through the right side to score sophomore third baseman Ricky Santiago. Junior catcher Levi Meyer capped the scoring with a single to left field.
The seven runs marked the most runs scored by FAU in an inning this season.
The Owls increased their lead to 8-0 in the second inning as a sacrifice fly by Morales scored Sanger. The lead stretched to 9-0 when senior designated hitter Mike Spano scored Sanger with a RBI double in the fourth inning.
Senior first baseman Mark Nelson paced FAU’s 15-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a run scored.
On the mound, freshman Kyle Miller improved to 2-0 on the season with three shutout innings. The right hander struck out four batters in the outing. Junior Alex Koji, senior Jake Meiers, sophomore Bo Logan, junior Kevin Alexander, sophomore Brett Nizamoff and senior Hugh Adams each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
FAU’s pitchers held the Eagles to four hits in the game.
The Owls, tied for first place in the Sun Belt Conference, returns home to play
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