Owls drop season series with 6-4 loss to Miami Hurricanes

Mohamed Abdihakim

FAU went into Wednesday night looking to capture the three-game season series against Miami, but were unable to do so, losing 6-4 to the non-conference Hurricanes.

The game began ominously, with Owls freshman starting pitcher Kyle Miller tested early. His first inning saw three Miami hits translate to a quick 2-0 deficit for FAU.

The Owls provided some run support the very next inning, however.

Started off by a double from junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein, FAU’s second inning saw them plate three, momentarily knotting the game at 3-3. Senior center fielder Nathan Pittman would cap off the inning with an RBI single to center.

After another Rocklein double, this time plating freshman infielder Brandon Sanger, FAU took a 4-3 lead.

But that RBI would prove to be the last bit of offense for the Owls for the remainder of this contest, as FAU’s bats were silenced and UM’s offense provided three combined runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

As the Owls’ offense fizzled, so did their starter. Miller finished his start surrendering five hits, walking three, and striking out two in four innings of work. In his four frames of action, Miller faced 21 batters, well over the minimum 12.

To his credit, Miller only gave up three Miami runs. The other three consequently decisive runs were surrendered by relievers Michael Sylvestri (two earned runs, one walk in one inning) and Bo Logan (one earned run in one inning).

FAU was mostly held in check, totaling just six hits. Rocklein was the only player to record more than one hit, going two for four from the plate.

The Owls (26-15 overall) lost the first game against the Hurricanes, 5-4, in February, but pulled out a 6-1 win on March 27.

FAU begins a three-game home series against Troy on Friday, April 26. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.