Owls struggle to score as Alabama wins 4-2 in second game of series

Mohamed Abdihakim

Starting pitcher Jake Meiers struck out four Alabama players before losing 4-2 during Saturday's game. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Starting pitcher Jake Meiers struck out four Alabama players before losing 4-2 during Saturday’s game. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
The Owls’ bats were tamed as FAU lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 4-2, on Saturday at FAU baseball stadium. Alabama defeated the Owls in game one of the three-game series on Friday.

FAU’s struggles started early on as Alabama’s hitters put on a first inning flurry. Owls senior starter Jake Meiers put his first two batters on base.

Before FAU would bat in the bottom of the first, they had given up three runs on three hits. That statistic was overshadowed by the fact that they also left nine runners on base today.

When senior infielder Sean Murrell came up to bat in the ninth, the bases were loaded with Alabama up 4-1. What followed was a fly ball and a called strike to end the game.

“In the money time, we failed to execute,” FAU head coach John McCormack said. “We’ll keep working at it.”

The problem seemed to be more than just lack of hitting. In fact, the Owls put bat to ball eight times against Alabama today. With just two total runs, it seems that making contact when it counts is the Owls’ problem.

The Owls did show some good eyes at the plate, however, as FAU batters combined for five walks today.

Center fielder Geoff Jimenez scored one of two runs for the Owls in Saturday's game against Alabama. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Center fielder Geoff Jimenez scored one of two runs for the Owls in Saturday’s game against Alabama. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Senior first baseman Mark Nelson went 2-3 on the day, adding a walk. Murrell hit in FAU’s only earned run on the night.

The positive news for FAU was that senior outfielder Corey Keller was playing today after taking a pitch to his helmet and suffering a broken nose in Friday night’s matchup.

“The pitch got him on the side of the nose,” McCormack said. “It didn’t look good.”

Following two losses, FAU is back on the field Sunday, Feb. 22 for the final game in the series against Alabama. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at FAU Baseball Stadium.