Nov. 6, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The $100 Billings topped the Hart Attacks 1-0 in the first game of the Florida Atlantic University baseball team's World Series on Wednesday at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
FAU assistant coaches Rich Billings and Dickie Hart split the Owls' roster with a draft on Monday to determine their teams for the best-of-three series. Both teams recorded seven strikeouts and three hits, but it was the four errors by the Hart Attacks that proved to be the difference-maker in the contest.
Ace pitcher Austin Gomber earned the victory for the $100 Billings, pitching 4.2 innings of shutout work. The junior struck out six batters and allowed two hits, throwing 42 of his 58 pitches for strikes.
Junior reliever Reily Monkman earned the save, giving up one hit in the seventh and final inning of the intrasquad game.
Freshman Esteban Puerta drove in the game's only run, allowing Stephen Kerr to score an unearned run in the first inning. CJ Chatham earned the only extra-base hit in the contest with a double while Kerr picked up the team's only other hit.
Junior Drew Jackson was tagged with the loss for the Hart Attacks, allowing one hit while striking out one in his 2.1 innings on the mound. Kevin Alexander sat five $100 Billings players down on strikeouts in just two innings of work.
"You expected these guys to pitch well," FAU Head Coach John McCormack said. "And a 1-0 game certainly backs it up. Both teams pitched great. One timely hit by Puerta and coach Billings came away with a win."
The teams will square off again on Thursday, Nov. 7 with a 2:30 p.m. first pitch. Admission is free to the public.