April 29, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Despite taking a lead in the first inning, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team dropped a midweek contest to Florida Gulf Coast 3-2 on Tuesday.
The Owls (22-22) struck in the first when Stephen Kerr singled and stole second base. After a Brendon Sanger single to put Kerr on third, Tyler Rocklein fought through 10 pitches before hitting a sacrifice fly to center to give FAU a 1-0 lead.
FGCU (29-19) came back to tie the game in the second on three consecutive hits to lead off the inning. FAU's Kyle Miller, in his first start of the season, was able to retire the final three batters to leave two runners on.
The Eagles came back to take the lead in the fourth after a leadoff double by Nick Rivera. A groundout moved him into scoring position and a sacrifice fly by Cody Hoffner put FGCU on top 2-1.
FGCU, however, capitalized on a walk and a double in the ninth to extend its lead to 3-1.
After a pair of errors by the Eagles, Kevin Abraham laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth. Esteban Puerta grounded out to plate Buckley and move CJ Chatham, the potential tying run, to third base. FGCU closer Sterling Koerner coaxed a popup to end the game, earning his second save of the season.
Nick Deckert picked up the win, striking out two FAU batters while allowing four hits in three innings. Seth McGarry was tagged with the loss, allowing one run on three hits and a strikeout in two innings.
The Owls return to Conference USA play with a three-game weekend series at Old Dominion starting Friday, May 2 in Norfolk, Va.