Owls pitching falters in series-clinching 5-3 loss to Troy

Mohamed Abdihakim

Catcher Levi Meyer crosses home plate to score the Owls' first run of the game off of Santiago's single to right field in the second inning. Photo by Michelle Friswell
Catcher Levi Meyer crosses home plate to score the Owls’ first run of the game off of Santiago’s single to right field in the second inning. Photo by Michelle Friswell

On the series clincher of a three-game home set, the Owls lost 5-3 to the Troy Trojans on Sunday at FAU Stadium.

The Owls (27-17 overall, 12-9 in Sun Belt Conference) dropped two of three games this weekend, losing 8-3 on Friday.

The day started off well for FAU’s pitchers with freshman Kyle Miller – who was on a tight pitch count – hurling a clean first inning. Miller gave up no hits in the frame, striking out one, and needing just nine pitches to get through the frame.

Bo Logan would come in to replace Miller in the second inning, and though he did put in four clean frames, things went awry in the fifth inning. That inning saw him give up a two-run home run to Troy pinch hitter Jo-El Bennett.

Logan was pulled shortly after, replaced in the sixth inning by senior reliever Michael Sylvestri, who wasn’t able to put in one inning before faltering in his control.

With men on base, Troy first baseman Trae Santos launched a three-run shot to right field that gave the Trojans a decisive 5-2 advantage.

FAU scored again in the eighth inning on a RBI sacrifice fly by first baseman Sean Murrell. Nevertheless, Sylvestri’s stumbling frame ultimately lost the game for the Owls. He took the loss, his first of the season (3-1).

Though their pitching hurt, the Owls weren’t helped by their offense, either. FAU had the bases loaded on two occasions, and both times weren’t able to take advantage.

“In the spots we didn’t pitch well, they made it count,” FAU coach John McCormack said of Troy’s offense.

The Owls recorded nine hits on the afternoon, with four of them coming via designated hitter Tyler Rocklein (2-for-4) and catcher Levi Meyer (2-for-4).

FAU begins a three-game home series against Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday, May 3. First pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.