Baseball: FAU loses series finale to Rutgers 10-4

Jordan Robrish

Runners were on the corners in the fourth inning of a tied game when Rutgers second baseman Nick Flavatella came up to bat with two outs. Flavatella took a 2-1 count from FAU reliever Julian Loret de Mol and hit a line drive towards shortstop Mitch Morales. Morales was able to stop the ball in his glove, however the momentum from the hit caused the ball to veer out of his glove and land on the infield dirt. Morales’s throw missed first baseman Mark Nelson’s glove and allowed Rutgers to score two unearned runs, giving them a 6-4 lead over FAU. A throwing error was charged to Morales, and the Owls wouldn’t recover, falling to Rutgers 10-4 in Sunday’s series finale.

The loss brings the Owls record to 10-7 for the season, 7-5 at home. FAU started out the game by scoring four runs in the first two innings of the game. However, after the second inning the Owls would be held scoreless by the Scarlett Knights’ pitching staff for the remainder of the game.

Owls reliever Loret de Mol was credited with the loss, bringing his record for the season to 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA. Rutgers starting pitcher, Rob Corsi, would get the win bringing his record to 2-2 for the season with a 6.17 ERA.

The Owls used six pitchers in total during the loss. FAU pitchers combined to give up 10 runs on 17 hits and two fielding errors were recorded.

“I don’t know if it’s more work or what,” lamented third baseman Kyle Newton when asked about the team’s fielding errors. “We go out and field ground balls every day. A little inconsist this week, but we have to stay within ourselves and keep working.”

Despite losing on Sunday, FAU is in third place in the Sun Belt conference and next play at home against Fordham University on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m.

“The team had 11 hits but it was kind of scattered,” head coach John McCormack said. “We had some really good opportunities and didn’t take advantage of them. We got four [runs] in the first four innings, but nothing after that. Baseball luck wasn’t on our side today.”