May 16, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 16, 2014) - With its season on the line, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team came out in full force on Friday, earning a pair of wins over No. 30 UAB by scores of 3-1 and 10-9.
Senior Kevin Alexander recorded a save in game one and a win in the second game, all without allowing a single runner to reach base, in his final weekend as an Owl.
Head Coach John McCormack earned his 200th and 201st victory at the helm of the Owls. He has been with the team for a combined 946 wins as a head coach and an assistant coach.
Freshman CJ Chatham went 6-for-10 on the day and earned five consecutive singles in the second game with an RBI to help tie the game in the ninth. Senior Tyler Rocklein was 4-for-5 in game two with three RBI and two runs scored.
Brendon Sanger had an RBI single in the first inning of game one, driving in Ricky Santiago to give the Owls an early lead. After UAB (34-19, 19-10 C-USA) tied the game in the second, Rocklein singled to plate Santiago again in the third to retake the lead for the Owls (28-24, 14-15 C-USA).
Chatham came in to score on an RBI single by Esteban Puerta in the sixth to seal the game. UAB left the bases loaded in each the second, third and sixth innings, stranding 12 throughout the game.
Rocklein came up big again in the first inning of game two, driving in Stephen Kerr on a bunt single.
The Blazers would tie the game in the top of the fourth before FAU responded to take the lead in the bottom of the frame when Billy Endris, Santiago and Sanger each singled to give the Owls a 3-1 lead.
Chatham led off the fifth with a single and came in to score on a two-out double by freshman Kevin Abraham, extending the lead to 4-1.
Senior Levi Meyer hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth to plate Rocklein, but UAB posted three runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to go up 9-5.
Endris, Kerr, Rocklein and Chatham each singled in the seventh with Endris and Kerr scoring to cut the lead to 9-7.
Sanger led off the ninth with a walk and moved to third on a double by Rocklein. Chatham's fifth hit of the game plated Sanger to put the tying run at third in Rocklein. Meyer then hit a sacrifice fly to score Rocklein to send the game to extra innings.
Alexander entered the game in the 10th and retired the side on only five pitches to set up the FAU victory.
Kerr and Sanger led off the 10th with back-to-back singles before Rocklein belted a walk-off single down the right field line on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Kerr to complete the FAU comeback.
The third game of the series is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17. Eight FAU seniors will be recognized in an on-field ceremony starting at 10:30. For ticket information, visit FAUSports.com or call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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