April 19, 2013
Lafayette, La. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team loaded the bases in the ninth inning but couldn't score in dropping the opener of this weekend's Sun Belt Conference series 5-3 to the University of Louisiana at "Tigue" Moore Field on Friday, April 19.
The Owls (25-13, 10-6 SBC) rallied with a two-run sixth inning to cut an early deficit to 4-3. Junior catcher Levi Meyer plated junior infielder Robert Buckley with a single to left field. Later, freshman outfielder Brendon Sanger drew a bases-loaded walk to score senior outfielder Nathan Pittman. FAU also had the bases loaded with one out in the inning, but Louisiana starting pitcher Austin Robichaux got two fly outs to end the threat.
Then trailing 5-3, FAU opened the ninth inning with singles by Sanger and sophomore third baseman Ricky Santiago. Sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales loaded the bases with a single with one out. However, Louisiana reliever Matt Hicks got Buckley to hit into a game-ending double play to end the game.
The Ragin' Cajuns (26-12, 9-7 SBC) scored single runs in four of the first five innings to build a 4-1 advantage.
FAU junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein hit a solo home run - his sixth homer of the season - in the fourth inning.
Sophomore starting pitcher Austin Gomber (4-3) recorded seven strikeouts and allowed 10 hits in seven innings for Florida Atlantic.
Robichaux (6-2) scattered six hits and had three strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Hicks had his ninth save by tossing 1.2 innings.
Louisiana's Caleb Adams led the host's 13-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Blake Traham had a pair of run-scoring singles. Dex Kjerstad, Seth Harrison and Tyler Girouard also had two hits.
Pittman led FAU's nine-hit performance with two hits and a run scored. Eight of the nine starting players had a base hit.
The series is scheduled to continue on Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
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