May 11, 2013
Bowling Green, KY - Senior Corey Keller hit a three-run home run and senior Mark Nelson drove in four runs as the Florida Atlantic University baseball team earned a 7-2 win over Western Kentucky University in the opener of an important Sun Belt Conference (SBC) series.
The win secured a berth for FAU (29-20 overall, 14-11 in SBC) in the league championship tournament.
After trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, Nelson tied the game with a RBI single through the right side that brought home senior Nathan Pittman. After Geoff Jimenez walked, Keller struck his three-run home run over the left field wall at WKU's Nick Denes Field.
The next inning, Nelson cleared the bases with a three-run double inside the left field line to plate sophomores Ricky Santiago and Mitch Morales along with Pittman. The hit gave the Owls a commanding 7-1 advantage.
Sophomore starting pitcher Austin Gomber enjoyed the offensive support to improve to 5-4 on the season with six quality innings. The left hander struck out five batters and gave up three hits. Junior Kevin Alexander tallied his first save of the season with three scoreless innings.
Santiago had three of FAU's 12 hits, while Nelson recorded two hits and four RBI in the victory. Pittman scored two runs to round out the offensive attack. Eight of the nine starting players had a hit in the victory, which broke a three-game losing streak.
WKU falls to 24-25 overall and is now one game behind the fourth-place Owls in the SBC standings with a 13-12 record in league play.
The two teams will resume the series on Saturday, May 11 at 4 p.m. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
Single-game tickets for the remaining home game on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. against UCF are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.