April 19, 2014
MIAMI, Fla. - With two outs in the eighth inning, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team put ten consecutive runners on base and nine players crossed the plate to give the Owls a 13-5 Conference USA victory at FIU on Saturday.
FAU (20-18, 8-12 C-USA) will face off against the Panthers (27-11, 11-9 C-USA) in the rubber game at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the FIU Baseball Stadium.
The Owls fell behind early as the Panthers posted three runs over the first three innings before FAU scored 12 unanswered to put the game out of hand.
Stephen Kerr led off the fourth with a single and Brendon Sanger reached on a catcher's interference. After a balk put the runners in scoring position, Mitch Morales hit a sacrifice fly to plate Kerr, giving the Owls their first run of the game. With the bases loaded Billy Endris was hit by a pitch to score Sanger, cutting the FIU lead to one run.
Tyler Rocklein battled to a full count in the fifth before hitting his third home run of the year to left center to tie the game at 3-3.
Rocklein hit a two-out single in the eighth and was followed by consecutive walks by Morales, CJ Chatham and an RBI walk by Endris to give the Owls a 4-3 lead. Freshmen Kevin Abraham and Jose Bonilla Traverso each hit singles up the middle to drive in three more runs. After Kerr drew another walk, an error on a popup by Ricky Santiago allowed to more runs to cross the plate. Sanger then belted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to right to score the ninth run of the inning.
Chatham led off the ninth with a double down the left field line and came around to score on an infield single by Kerr to end FAU's scoring at 13 runs.
FIU tacked on one run in each the eighth and ninth innings and had two on with one out in the ninth before FAU's Cody Mizelle closed out the game.
Bo Logan picked up his third win of the season, striking out four in his two innings of relief.
Kerr went 3-for-5 on the day with an RBI and two runs while Sanger drove in three runs and scored twice. Ten different Owls scored and seven earned RBI in the win.