Owls’ bats come to life, sweep Florida A&M in day-night doubleheader

Zack Kelberman

FAU baseball closed out its five-game road trip with authority.

Behind their big bats, the Owls swept Florida A&M with scores of 8-3 and 15-3 in a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday.

In game one, FAU recorded 15 hits (including three each by right fielder Corey Keller and second baseman Robert Buckley), nearly doubling the Rattlers’ total of eight.

FAU righty Brandon Rhodes picked up his first win of the season, going six innings, letting up five hits, one unearned run, and striking out seven batters.

Keller finished three for five from the plate, and Buckley went three for four. Pinch hitter Sean Murrell led the Owls with two RBIs.

Game two proved to be even more fruitful for FAU.

Five different Owls totaled two or more RBIs against the still-winless Rattlers (0-13), as FAU hung 13 hits on the board in a rout.

Catcher Mike Spano had four RBIs in a three for four night. Left fielder Tyler Rocklein knocked in three runs on two hits. Keller, operating as the DH, right fielder Billy Endris, and third baseman Ricky Santiago combined for six RBIs on four hits.

The Owls jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third inning, and tacked on six more in an offensively-charged sixth inning.

Like Rhodes, Owls right-handed pitcher Seth McGarry collected his first win of the year. He went three innings, allowed two hits, and an unearned run while striking out six.

As a team, FAU’s pitching was solid, holding FAMU to just five hits in the two hour and 47 minute contest that ended after seven innings. The 15 runs for FAU is a season high.

With the pair of victories, the Owls, who’ve now won three in a row, improved their season record to 8-5, as they head back to Boca for an eight-game homestand.

FAU begins a three-game series with Toledo on Friday, March 8. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at FAU Baseball Stadium.