Owls knock off No. 24 South Alabama, 6-3, to notch fourth straight win

Zack Kelberman

Starting pitcher Austin Gomber held the University of South Alabama to only three runs while striking out six batters. FAU beat USA 6-3 in the Friday night game to start the weekend series. Photo by Michelle Friswell.
Starting pitcher Austin Gomber held the University of South Alabama to only three runs while striking out six batters. FAU beat USA 6-3 in the Friday night game to start the weekend series. Photo by Michelle Friswell.

Make it four consecutive wins for the suddenly surging Owls.

Behind a 12 hit outing, FAU defeated No. 24 South Alabama, 6-3, in the first of a three-game home series at FAU baseball stadium.

Owls center fielder Nathan Pittman led the way with three hits in four at bats, recording one RBI.

FAU left fielder Tyler Rocklein batted in two runs, while third baseman Ricky Santiago and shortstop Mitch Morales each totaled two hits. Catcher Levi Meyer and first baseman Mark Nelson also drove in two combined RBIs.

FAU fell behind early on, as South Alabama scored three first-inning runs, seemingly rattling starting pitcher Austin Gomber.

However, the Owls would rally, taking a 4-3 in the second inning. From there, Gomber settled down and had no issues taming the Jaguars’ batters.

The Owls’ sophomore lefty went seven innings, allowing nine hits, three earned runs, and struck out six in his third win of the season.

In total, FAU’s pitchers held South Alabama scoreless for eight straight innings. Junior reliever Kevin Alexander retired the Jaguars in the eighth, making way for closer Hugh Adams to earn his seventh save of the year.

The Owls now hold a 17-9 overall record, and 5-2 Sun Belt Conference mark. They’ve won seven of their last nine contests.

FAU continues its three-game home series against South Alabama on Saturday, March 30. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.