Senior outfielder Nathan Pittman broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run single in the eighth inning on Sunday at Western Kentucky
May 12, 2013
Bowling Green, Ky. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team scored 11 runs over the final three innings to rally past Western Kentucky University 12-6 on Sunday, May 12 at Nick Denes Field. The Owls completed the Sun Belt Conference series sweep, outscoring the Hilltoppers 29-11 in the three games.
FAU (31-20, 16-11 SBC) started the rally with two runs in the seventh inning. The visitors trailed 4-1 before a wild pitch and a throwing error by the WKU catcher plated sophomore Mitch Morales. Junior Geoff Jimenez singled up the middle to cut the deficit to 4-3 as Pittman scored.
One inning later, Pittman broke a 4-4 tie with a bases-loaded, two-out single to right field to score senior Corey Keller and junior Levi Meyer. Earlier in the inning, Meyer tied the game with a single to center to score junior Tyler Rocklein. A passed ball allowed Morales to score and give FAU a 7-4 lead before a WKU throwing error plated Pittman to cap the five-run eighth inning.
FAU scored four more runs in the ninth inning with Jimenez driving in two runs with a single up the middle.
Senior Hugh Adams picked up his first win of the season, striking out six batters over the final four innings. The right hander entered the game in the sixth inning with the Owls trailing 4-1.
Meyer paced the six-hit offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and scoring two runs. Freshman Brendon Sanger, Jimenez, Morales and Pittman also had a hit in the victory.
Pitchers for WKU (24-27, 13-14 SBC) walked 10 batters and the team committed five errors in the game.
The Hilltoppers scored four runs in the third inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Adam Lavelle.
FAU returns to the diamond for its final home game of the season on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. against UCF. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.
Single-game tickets are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.