Baseball: FAU splits double-header versus Manhattan

Rolando Rosa

FAU had little time to dwell on its first loss of the season.

In the first game of a doubleheader, FAU fell to Manhattan 9-8. The Owls would recover to win the second game 12-3.

After not trailing in its first four games, Owls starting pitcher Bo Logan gave up four runs in the first inning of game one. Logan allowed six runs and 10 hits in four innings. FAU trailed 6-0 before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Owls rallied to retake the lead 8-7 in the eighth inning on a two-run homer from Kyle Newton, but the bullpen, one of the strengths of the team, failed FAU down the stretch.

Manhattan answered with two runs off reliever Michael Sylvestri in the top of the ninth to take the lead for good.

In game two, FAU exploded for 12 hits, with six players having at least two.

The Owls returned to the dominant pitching of the first four contests. Back troubles knocked starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn out of the game in the first inning. Josh Gonzaga took his place and had four strikeouts, while allowing five hits in 3.2 innings.

With the game tied at three, FAU erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning. Consecutive walks with the bases loaded to Ricky Santiago and Mike Albaladejo gave FAU a 5-3 lead. Alex Hudak’s three-run homer in the eight inning capped the scoring for FAU. He now has as many home runs(3) in five games as he did all of last season.

FAU concludes its four-game home series with Manhattan on Sunday, Feb. 26, at noon.