Baseball: Owls fall to Seawolves 5-1

Mark Gibson

In an almost identical game to the previous night, FAU (4-3) lost its second game against Stony Brook University (2-0) by a score of 5-1 on Saturday, Feb. 26, in Boca Raton.

After last night’s 5-0 shutout, FAU was looking to even out the three-game series against Stony Brook, but once again they struggled to get anything positive offensively.

Stony Brook’s starting pitcher Tyler Johnson (1-0), who pitched six innings, while striking out four batters and walking four, only allowed one run. The run came in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Dan Scheffler RBI single. For Scheffler, it was his first hit of the season.

“We’re not doing a good job of laying off pitches and getting to the next pitch,” said head coach John McCormack.

FAU managed to hold off the Seawolves’ batters until the top of the fifth inning, when shortstop Chad Marshall scored an RBI double after Owls pitcher Jake Meiers loaded the bases.

The Owls struggled throughout the game to get runners on base. Later in the seventh, SBU designated hitter William Carmona knocked in a two-run homer that gave SBU a 4-1 lead.

The final blow came in the top of the ninth when catcher Pat Cantwell hit an RBI single. The Owls attempted to make a late-game rally in the bottom of the ninth, but only third baseman Mike Bukovich managed to get on base. The final force out at second base from a ground ball by Andy Mee sealed the 5-1 victory for SBU.

“You have to tip your hat sometimes to pitchers who really know how to pitch,” said Scheffler.

The Owls will try to avoid the sweep as they play their final game against Stony Brook on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 1:00 p.m. in Boca Raton.