FAU Baseball wins two straight games over Monmouth, takes series


Michelle Friswell

Kevin Alexander comes to the end of his pitching major. Alexander made a save in the 6-5 win on Feb. 23. Photo by Michelle Friswell.

Wesley Wright

For the second week in a row, the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-2) won two games to take the series, this time over the Monmouth (N.J.) Hawks.

Monmouth won 5-1 in the first game of the series on Feb. 21. Pitcher Austin Gomber had a rough time, giving up eight hits and five unearned runs. Gomber is now winless in his two starts this season.

The FAU Owls managed only four hits off of Monmouth pitcher Andrew McGee, who pitched a complete game. Even the one run FAU scored was unearned — center fielder Jose Bonilla reached base due to a fielding error and later scored after a sacrificial pop fly by freshman infielder Stephen Kerr.

It was Monmouth that struggled to do much offensively in the second game, and FAU won 4-0. First baseman Tyler Rocklein went 3-4 and knocked in a run with a single in the third inning. Pitcher Jeremy Strawn put on a masterful performance, pitching seven strong innings and surrendering five scattered hits on the way to his second win of the year.

FAU won the third game of the series on Sunday afternoon, 6-5. Pitcher Drew Jackson started the game for the Owls and gave up four hits in the top of the first inning. Jackson was pulled out for Cody Mizelle who threw just six pitches before being replaced by Bo Logan. Logan was eventually awarded the win, his first of the season.

Trailing 4-0, the Owls responded with three scores spurred on by hits by Kerr, Rocklein, Brendon Sanger and Esteban Puerta. In the bottom of the second inning, Sanger hit a single that brought home infielder CJ Chatham.

Kerr tapped a single to bring home freshman center fielder Jose Bonilla Traverso, and a double by Rocklein brought home Sanger. The Owls scored all six of their runs in the first two innings. Logan gave up just one run in the fifth inning.

Wesley Wright is the Sports Editor of the University Press. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @NotEvenWes.