June 2, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Senior Corey Keller took his turn at leading No. 23 Florida Atlantic University's baseball team to a thrilling 6-5 victory over Towson to advance at the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
The two teams exchanged the lead three times and were tied twice. Geoff Jimenez was hit by a pitch to start the ninth inning, with the score tied at five. He stole second and moved to third on a deep fly to center field by senior first baseman Mark Nelson. Towson elected to walk Brendon Sanger to get to Keller, who had a homerun earlier in the day. Keller belted a double to left to score the game-winning run. On the day, Keller was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Hugh Adams, who entered the game in the eighth with the score tied, closed out the game to move to 3-0 on the year.
FAU's (41-21) Jake Meiers started the game and saw Towson tally four hits in the first inning and plate three runs. The Owls responded with two runs in the top of the second. Keller led off the inning with a homer down the left field line that was just inside the foul pole. Mitch Morales who was 2-for-3 with a run scored, scored on a Geoff Jimenez single.
Meiers returned to the mound to pitch three more scoreless innings. He ended the day with three strikeouts. Towson had three two out hits in the bottom of the fifth, which ended on a double play that began in left.
Rocklein's hit bounced off the top of the left field fence for a ground rule double. That ended the day for Towson starter Paul Beer. Rocklein moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly by Sanger.
Back-to-back singles by Towson began the bottom of the seventh for the Owls and Kevin Alexander. A sacrifice fly tied the game for the second time. Alexander gave way to Hugh Adams after Alexander allowed one run on three hits and retired one by strikeout. FAU will return to the field for a 6 p.m. game versus host North Carolina.
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