April 27, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Junior right hander Jeremy Strawn scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings to lead the Florida Atlantic University baseball team to a 1-0 victory over Troy University on Saturday, April 27 at the FAU Baseball Stadium. The win evened the three-game Sun Belt Conference series, and ends the Owls’ three-game losing streak.
“We did a really nice job of pitching today,” said John McCormack, FAU’s head baseball coach. “Today’s performance was well needed and well deserved from Jeremy.”
FAU (27-16, 12-8 SBC) broke a scoreless game in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, senior Corey Keller hit a fly ball that was dropped by Troy right fielder Danny Collins. Junior Levi Meyer scored from first base for an unearned run.
Strawn, who improved to 3-2 on the season, recorded five strikeouts and worked around a leadoff double in the eighth inning. The right hander has not allowed a run to score in 25 innings against teams from Alabama. He had eight shutout innings against Alabama on February 22 and a complete-game shutout against South Alabama on March 31.
“I had a steady mix of all of my pitches today. I was able to throw all for strikes and strand some runners,” said Strawn. “This is a huge win and will help us moving forward.”
After Taylor Vaughn led off the eighth for Troy (31-12, 12-8 SBC) with a double, Strawn got Logan Pierce to fly out to center field and Collins to line out to second base. He finished the frame with a strikeout of Trae Santos.
Senior Hugh Adams recorded his conference-leading 13th save of the season by tossing a perfect ninth inning.
FAU managed just three hits in the victory. Junior Tyler Rocklein legged out his 17th double of the season to open the seventh inning. He would later get thrown out at the plate on a ground ball from Meyer. Sophomore Mitch Morales and senior Nathan Pittman each recorded singles on the afternoon.
Troy’s Shane McCain suffered the loss to fall to 7-1 on the season. The left hander allowed one unearned run and had six strikeouts in the complete-game effort.
The two teams will play a series-deciding game on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
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