Baseball: Offense key as FAU bounces back from Friday’s loss with back-to-back wins

The Owls scored 15 runs in their two wins.


The Owls have won four straight weekend series. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Hans Belot Jr., Sports Editor

Florida Atlantic baseball won two of its three games versus the University of Alabama-Birmingham this weekend in its first road trip of 2017.

The Owls (16-7-1, 5-1 Conference USA) scored 15 runs in the second and third game, both of which were victories, after scoring just twice in the loss.

Here’s a recap of each game:

Game one: FAU 2, UAB 6

UAB scored two runs in the third, then three more in the fifth inning pushed UAB ahead 5-0. FAU stranded nine runners and only pushed two across for the loss.

The Owls scored both of their runs in the sixth  — on an RBI double by freshman Gary Mattis and redshirt junior Kevin Abraham’s sacrifice fly — to start the comeback, but were foiled by a double play in the seventh and a two-on, one-out situation in the eighth that saw no runs score.

Senior Stephen Kerr had a 3-for-3 game — nearly half of the Owls’ eight hits. He doubled in the second, singled in the fourth and sixth, and added a walk in the eighth.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Poore pitched 2 1/3 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball while freshman Andrew Jones notched a scoreless eighth.

Game two: FAU 6, UAB 3

In the second inning, Abraham was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Freshman Eric Rivera followed with a two-run double on the first pitch he saw and, two batters later, senior Austin Langham laced a two-out single the opposite way to right to score two more and give the Owls a 5-0 lead.

UAB scraped together one run each in the third, fourth and fifth, but Rivera would score the final run of the game for FAU after Langham double down right field, locking up the win.

Junior Alex House retired the last 12 batters he faced from the sixth inning on, five on strikeouts. He scattered four Blazer hits, did not walk a batter and threw just 99 pitches in the Owls first complete game of 2017.

Game three: FAU 9, UAB 5

UAB took the lead in the bottom of the first, but FAU was immediately able to bounce back in the top of the second when freshman Pedro Pages homered to left field allowing himself and senior Esteban Puerta to score. FAU would add two more in the top of the third, a two-bagger from sophomore Tyler Frank that extended the lead to 5-1 for the Owls.

They would push the lead to 7-1 in the fifth, but a the weather would halt to the game until the following day — Sunday.

To start the continuation, Rivera plated two with an opposite-field single, but the Blazers would score three runs in the ensuing inning to cut the lead to 9-5. However, the Owls would keep UAB scoreless for the remainder of the game to cap off the win.

Hans Belot Jr. is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him at @Don_Phenom_.