Owls take series over St. Johns with 5-4 win

Wesley Wright

The Owls came out on top in the third game of the series this weekend against St. Johns.

FAU triumphed in the first game of the series on Feb. 28, winning 11-1. The Red Storm scored their only run in the first inning and Austin Gomber picked up his first win of the year after pitching six strong innings.

Gomber was helped by several Owls who had solid days at the plate. Sean Labsan and Levi Meyer both went 2-4 on the evening and Billy Endris hit in all three of his plate appearances. Endris hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning and consecutive doubles by Ricky Santiago and Sean Labsan led to an RBI double by Endris. FAU scored four runs in the third inning and the rout was on.

FAU lost momentum in the second game of the series on Saturday, March 1. They lost 4-3 — pitcher Jeremy Stawn’s first loss of the year. Strawn pitched just four innings, and was replaced by Cody Mizelle. Neither pitcher garnered much run support that day, but once St. Johns took a fifth inning lead, they never relinquished it.

Two runs in the fourth inning gave the Red Storm a 4-2 lead. A sac fly by Tyler Rocklein scored Billy Endris, but that was the last run for team. In the bottom of the ninth, Rocklein walked, loading the bases. Ricky Santiago struck out with the bases loaded and the game came to an end.

FAU eventually won the series after squeaking out their second win of the weekend, a 5-4 victory over St. John’s on March 2. The Owls registered just six hits on the day but scored five runs by playing small ball and adept baserunning.

They did the bulk of their damage scoring three runs in the fifth inning. Pitcher Kevin Alexander picked up his first win of the year, despite four errors from the defense backing him. No Owl had more than one hit or more than one run.

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