May 18, 2013
Miami, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team increased its winning streak to seven games with a 12-1 victory over FIU in seven innings on Saturday, May 18 at FIU Baseball Stadium. The win completed the Owls' second-straight Sun Belt Conference road series sweep, and ended the regular season with a 35-20 record overall and 19-11 in league games.
The win kept alive FAU's hopes achieving the No. 3 seed for next week's conference tournament. This would happen if ULM defeated University of Louisiana in the season finale. A Louisiana win means the Owls would be the No. 4 seed and play Western Kentucky University on Wednesday, May 22. Tournament seeds and game times will be announced on www.fausports.com.
For the second straight game, FAU struck by scoring two runs in the first inning. Junior Geoff Jimenez hit his first home run of the season with a solo shot over the fences. Later, freshman Brendon Sanger plated junior Tyler Rocklein with a run-scoring single to cap the inning.
The visitors broke the game open with a seven-run second inning. FAU took a 3-0 lead after a FIU throwing error allowed sophomore Ricky Santiago to score. Rocklein drove in two runs with a single up the middle. Sanger followed with his second base hit of the game to plate Jimenez and Rocklein for a 7-0 advantage. Junior Levi Meyer completed the big inning with a two-run home run to left field for a 9-0 lead.
FAU scored three more runs in the fifth inning to cap the scoring.
Sanger paced the 12-hit offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Senior Mark Nelson, Jimenez, Meyer and Rocklein also had multiple-hit efforts. Pittman extended his hitting streak to a season-long 13 games with a two-run double in the fifth inning.
Senior starting pitcher Jake Meiers got the win after tossing three scoreless innings and recording two strikeouts. Sophomore Bo Logan and senior Michael Sylvestri pitched the final four innings to secure the win.
FIU ended the season with a 25-30 record overall and 13-17 mark in SBC games.
Live video of the Sun Belt Conference tournament from Lafayette, La. will be available at www.sunbeltsports.org.