Baseball: Early six-run push by Miami too much for FAU in weeknight loss

The Owls had their four-game winning streak broken in the second-to-last tilt with the Hurricanes.


Max Jackson

The Owls fall to 0-2 against the Hurricanes this season after their loss on Wednesday. Photo by Max Jackson

Ryan Lynch, Editor in Chief

An offensive outpouring by the University of Miami Hurricanes against Florida Atlantic baseball’s pitching doomed the Owls from making a comeback attempt, as they fell 7-5 in Coral Gables on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes (9-11, 3-3 ACC) tacked on six runs in the first two innings, starting with three two-out RBI singles by right fielder Michael Burns, shortstop Brandon Gali and third baseman Edgar Michelangeli in the first. The other three came on a two-run home run by centerfielder Carl Chester and a solo home run by catcher Joe Gomez in the second inning.

During that same stretch, FAU (14-6-1, 3-0 Conference USA) had three baserunners but no hits.

The Owls first run came on a double by junior David Miranda in the fifth inning, which was only their second hit of the game. Freshman left fielder Eric Rivera and Miranda were each able to hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth, but they came too late to make a difference.

Sean Labsan started the game on the mound for the Owls, but was only able to finish one inning before being pulled and later receiving the loss. The senior gave up three runs on four hits before sophomore Nick Swan relieved him.

Gregory Veliz notched the win for Miami after pitching 5 2/3 innings while giving up one earned run and three hits. It is his second win of the year.

FAU now falls to 0-2 versus the Hurricanes this year, with the first coming in a 5-2 loss at home on March 1. The Owls have not beat Miami since April 20, 2016 when the then top ranked Hurricanes fell 4-3 in Coral Gables.

The Owls will continue Conference USA play in their next series at the University of Alabama-Birmingham starting on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Ryan Lynch is the editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RyanLynchwriter .