Baseball: FAU takes two of three versus Marshall

The Owls failed to score a run in the third game after scoring 19 total in the first two.


Junior pitcher Alex House threw his second complete game of the season in his team’s win over Marshall on April 14, 2016. Alexander Rodriguez | Contributing Photographer

Hans Belot Jr., Sports Editor

Florida Atlantic baseball was unable to get its offense going on Sunday after scoring 19 runs in the first two games, preventing the Owls (25-9-1, 12-3 Conference USA) from sweeping Marshall over the weekend.

Here’s a recap of each game:

Game one: Marshall 3, FAU 7

The Owls struck first with four runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run single by redshirt senior Esteban Puerta. Marshall (18-17, 7-8 Conference USA) closed the gap in the fourth with three of its own.

An RBI single from redshirt freshman Jordan Poore in the seventh and a two-run home run by redshirt junior David Miranda in the eighth gave the Owls the cushion they needed.

Junior Alex House ran into a bit of trouble in the ninth but struck out pinch-hitter Dakota Robbins with two on and two out to notch his second complete game of the season.

House struck out five, walked one batter and only one of the three runs against him was earned. He scattered six Herd hits, including just one over his final five innings of work.

Puerta and Poore each had two hits. Freshman Eric Rivera had an RBI single in the second, and the other run came in on a bases-loaded walk to redshirt redshirt senior Jared Shouppe.

Game two: Marshall 6, FAU 12

Marshall got on the board with four runs in its first at-bat and extended the lead to 5-0 after three innings. The Owls slowly but surely chipped away to make it a two-run deficit after five, and sophomore Tyler Frank made it a one-run game with leadoff home run to left to open up the seventh.

The next batter, Shouppe, was hit by a pitch, took second on a passed ball and third on a groundout. He scored the tying run on a double by Miranda, who in turn scored the go-ahead run after a groundout and another double, by senior Austin Langham.

Langham was the first of six straight batters to reach with two outs, which also included an RBI singles off the bat of Poore and Rivera, and an RBI double by Frank, his second hit of the frame.

Junior pitcher Mark Nowatnick earned the victory after holding Marshall scoreless in the last four innings. He struck out three and faced the minimum of 12 batters.

Four Owls had two hits: Miranda, Langham — both with two doubles and two RBIs — and Poore and Rivera, each of whom had two singles and an RBI.

Frank had three hits out of the leadoff slot and knocked in two runs.

Game three: Marshall 7, FAU 0

For the second game in a row, Marshall struck first, this time in the first inning. Redshirt sophomore Shane Hanon singled to center field, scoring senior Sam Finfer and junior Will Ray.

The Thundering Herd would extend the lead when Finfer scored his second run of the game, a solo home run to right field.

Marshall continued to extend the lead in the eighth, as sophomore Andrew Zban homered to right field and scored two teammates in the process. The Thundering Herd’s home run attack did not stop there, as Sager hit one to right field later in the inning.

Poore and Rivera were the only Owls with a hit on the day. Both had two.

In six innings of work, junior pitcher Jake Miednik allowed three runs on four hits. Sophomore Kyle Marman allowed four runs on five hits in just two innings of work.

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_.