FAU’s Tyler Rocklein records five hits in 15-6 trouncing of Maine

Zack Kelberman

Third baseman Ricky Santiago (left) and left fielder Tyler Rocklein (right) celebrate after Rocklein's home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Owls' past Maine 15-6 Wednesday night. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Third baseman Ricky Santiago (left) and left fielder Tyler Rocklein (right) celebrate after Rocklein’s home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Owls’ past Maine 15-6 Wednesday night. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Following an 8-0 shutout loss to Maine on Tuesday, FAU rebounded in a major way.

Sparked by a career outing from Tyler Rocklein, the Owls blasted the Black Bears 15-6 on Wednesday at FAU Baseball Stadium.

Rocklein recorded five hits (including a home run) and three RBIs in six at-bats. The homer was the third of the season for the junior left fielder, who’s now batting .314. He also scored three runs.

Two other Owls — catcher Levi Meyer (two hits) and DH Brendon Sanger (three hits) — also had three RBIs.

Shortstop Mitch Morales and first baseman Mark Nelson chipped in with two RBIs each as FAU established a 7-0 lead by the third inning.

Although Maine would mount a comeback, cutting the deficit to 7-5 in the fourth inning, the Owls tacked on another four runs in the fifth to effectively put the game out of reach.

Designated hitter Brendon Sanger led FAU with three runs, three hits, and three RBIs in three at-bats. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Designated hitter Brendon Sanger led FAU with three runs, three hits, and three RBIs in three at-bats. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Freshman right-hander Seth McGarry got the win for FAU, going three innings, allowing four hits, two earned runs, and striking out two batters. It was his first win this year.

The Owls’ relief pitchers did a superb job against the Black Bears, letting up just one run over the last five innings of the contest. Lefty Bo Logans was particularly impressive, as he struck out three batters in 1.2 innings of duty.

FAU’s 15 runs were tied for the most this season. With this victory, they bumped their overall record to 11-7 and home mark to 8-5.

The Owls begin a three game series against FIU on Friday, March 15. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at FAU Baseball Stadium.