BOCA RATON, Fla. – David Miranda rapped two doubles and knocked in three runs, and eight Owl pitchers combined to allow just three hits and an unearned run as the Florida Atlantic University baseball team defeated the Ontario Blue Jays in a Wednesday exhibition, 5-1.
“Winning the game is always good, but more importantly I thought it was a great night to get everybody out there and give them a chance to play in an FAU uniform,” said Head Coach John McCormack. “All the new guys got out there and played. We had a number of guys that had to take off to class and study hall, so by about the fifth inning we were down to a little bit of a skeleton crew. But these things are more set up for the pitching, and it was really good that those eight guys got out there, pitched really well, competed and did a nice job.”
The Turning Point
Miranda’s first RBI double came in the fourth inning, and he came around to score on a single by freshman Jared DeSantolo for an early 2-0 lead. Another run came across two innings later, on a single by another first-year, Richie Nizza, to plate Eric Rivera for a three-run edge.
As the Owls’ pitching contingency continued to mow down their opposition, including a run of eight of 12 Blue Jays retired by strikeout, Miranda finished out the FAU scoring with a two-run double in the seventh, bringing around Brock Nowell and Cody Wilson. Though Ontario got on the board in the eighth, that was all the damage the Owls would incur, and Zach Schneider closed it out with a perfect ninth.
- Miranda was the only Owl with multiple hits, and also threw out a runner at third base from his position in rightfield
- Wilson was also the beneficiary of Miranda’s first double for his first of two runs scored. The newcomer reached three times, on two walks and a hit-by-pitch, and notched the game’s only stolen base
- Kevin Abraham was on base twice, via a single and a HBP, as were both Diamond Johnson and Mariano Ricciardi, each recording a single and drawing a walk
- Tyler Frank notched the first Owls’ hit of the night
- Owl hitters earned seven walks and were hit by three pitches in addition to their eight hits
- Jordan Poore drew the start and threw a scoreless opening frame with two strikeouts. Of his 13 pitches, 10 were strikes
- He was followed by Chris Moore, who had a 1-2-3 second, also with two K’s, and Nick Prather, retiring the side in the third
- Mike Ruff earned the win, and he was one of two FAU pitchers to strike out the side in their relief outing
- The other was newcomer Vince Coletti in the fifth, a perfect three-up, three-down, three-punchout inning
- Graduate transfer Matt Harris was the only Owl to pitch multiple innings, giving up just one hit with two K’s in the sixth and seventh
- The unearned run came against Eric Keating in the eighth, though the rising junior finished out the frame and had a strikeout
- Schneider’s ninth came on a pitch-efficient nine offerings, with seven strikes, to retire the Blue Jays’ final three
- All told, the staff struck out 14 batters against just three walks and three singles
Fall practice will continue through Friday, Nov. 10. The team’s annual Halloween practice will be part of the schedule, on Oct. 31, and the Fall World Series will take place between Nov. 6-9. Practice will resume again in the spring, on Jan. 26, and the first game on the 2018 docket is set for Feb. 16, with the Owls hosting George Washington at FAU Baseball Stadium.