Baseball: Owls win two games against Saint Joseph’s, fourth straight overall

FAU gives up only one run in two-game sweep of the Hawks


Sophomore Tyler Frank hit his eighth home run of the season on Friday. Photo by Max Jackson

Tory Fernandez, Contributing Writer

Already riding a two-game winning streak, Florida Atlantic baseball picked up two wins in two days against the Hawks from St. Joseph’s University.

The Owls (11-1), scored only one run on Tuesday night, and that was all that was needed as they were able to defeat the Hawks (4-3) by a score of 1-0. On Wednesday, the Owls beat the Hawks 4-1.

Junior pitcher and designated hitter Sean Labsan gave his team the only run of the night on Tuesday with a home run in the second inning

In addition to his home run, Labsan threw seven strikeouts as the starting pitcher, but was taken out after three innings.

“[Labsan] had been hurt so he had been on a pitch count of 60. He got to 52 and we didn’t really want to send him out there against another batter,” head coach John McCormack said.

Senior center fielder Billy Endris led the team with three hits — including his first home run of the season — and three runs scored in Wednesday’s game.

The Owls also used five pitchers in Wednesday’s game. One of which was sophomore pitcher Alex House who recorded four strikeouts in two and two thirds innings.

“Unbelievable,” said McCormack when asked about the performance from his bullpen. “We gave up one run in two games. That’s pretty good, especially against a notoriously offensive club.”

The Owls’ will host Rutgers University on for a three game weekend series, beginning on Friday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Game One: St. Joseph 0, FAU 1

The Owls got off to a good start to the series, getting seven strikeouts through three innings from Labsan.

To compliment his pitching performance on the night, Labsan would also go on to hit a homerun in the second inning to score the only run of the night.

“We’ll take it, we pitched exceptional and won by one run,” McCormack said. “I think it was a well played game by both teams, we pitched better than they did and came away with the win.”

Game Two: St. Joseph 1, FAU 4

The Owls only gave up one run on Wednesday’s game thanks to a group effort from the bullpen, as McCormack used five pitchers in the game — including starting senior pitcher Robbie Coursel, House, freshman Nick Swan, House, redshirt senior Devon Carr and junior Cameron Ragsdale, who picked up his fourth save of the season.

Junior infielder CJ Chatham got things started for the FAU, hitting a stand-up triple to drive in Endris as the team’s first run of the game.

Endris was able to score three of the team’s four runs including a home run in the fifth inning.

“Billy and CJ both had three hits and Christian [Dicks] with two, and Billy’s home run also gave us some breathing room so I think we’re in good shape” said coach McCormack reviewing the team’s performance and looking forward to the weekend.

Tory Fernandez is a contributing writer for the University Press. To contact him on this or other articles, he can be reached at [email protected].