FAU falls to Toledo 6-1

Mohamed Abdihakim

Catcher Mike Spano attempts to tag a runner out at home but was unsuccessful. Toledo won the Saturday game 6-1 over the Owls'. Photo by Michelle Friswell
Catcher Mike Spano attempts to tag a runner out at home but was unsuccessful. Toledo won the Saturday game 6-1 over the Owls’. Photo by Michelle Friswell
Senior starter Jake Meiers struggled to locate his pitches today, allowing four runs on eight en route to the Owls’ 6-1 loss to Toledo.

“I think he was a little out of sorts, but I thought he was good enough,” Owls head coach John McCormack said. “But you gotta give [Toledo] credit.”

Meiers lasted four innings before being replaced by senior Michael Sylvestri. Meiers would need 11 pitches, most of which were fouled off, to retire the first batter that fourth inning.

“I was a little erratic today, leaving the ball up,” Meiers said. “Didn’t really have my secondary pitches.”

Toledo batters managed to come away with 14 hits. Despite that high count, the Owls did only allow one walk, though did hit three batters.

Pitcher Jake Meiers (left) and third baseman Rickey Santiago (right) scramble avoid Toledo scoring another run in the Saturday afternoon loss. to Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Pitcher Jake Meiers (left) and third baseman Rickey Santiago (right) scramble avoid Toledo scoring another run in the Saturday afternoon loss. to Photo by Michelle Friswell.
A major problem for FAU seems to be scoring runs. Tonight, the Owls left six runners stranded.

“We were lucky to score one run,” McCormack said. “I don’t what it is, when was the last time someone got in that box and drove a ball into the gap?”

Senior Mike Spano drove in the Owls’ only run of the game, scoring senior first baseman Mark Nelson. In that same inning, FAU had the bases loaded, but couldn’t capitalize.

The Owls play Toledo on Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at FAU Baseball Stadium.