Baseball: FAU win series against UTSA but lose winning streak

The Owls had a season-long nine-game winning streak heading into the final game of the series.


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Matt Brown, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic baseball won its series 2-1, but fell in the finale to end a season-long nine-game winning streak.

Here’s a recap of each game in the series:

Game One: FAU 10, UTSA 8

Trailing 8-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Owls scored nine unanswered runs, including seven in the fifth, to get the 10-8 victory.

Junior first baseman Gunnar Lambert got the Owls on board first in the bottom of the second with a solo home run to right field.

The Roadrunners quickly answered back in the top of the third, scoring four runs on five hits to take a three-run lead.

They added four more runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-1 lead.

The Owls rallied in the bottom half of the fifth scoring seven runs to tie the game at eight apiece.

They took the lead in the next inning on sophomore center fielder Cody Wilson’s solo home run to right field.

Sophomore second baseman Richie Nizza’s sac fly in the eighth added an insurance run, eventually giving the team the 10-8 victory.

Senior pitcher Drew Peden got the win, coming in for relief while allowing just one hit in 2.1 innings of work.

Sophomore left fielder Eric Rivera was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Wilson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Game Two: FAU 3, UTSA 2

With UTSA down 3-1 with two outs, a play at the plate in the top of the ninth allowed the Owls to extend their win streak to a season long nine straight games.

Both teams were held scoreless early on until Wilson hit his second home run of the series, this time a two-run shot, to right field in the bottom of the fifth.

Rivera’s single up the middle in the eighth scored senior right fielder David Miranda, extending the Owls lead to three runs.

Junior pitcher Zach Schneider came on for relief in the ninth inning, attempting to earn his 11th save this season.

He got the first Roadrunner to fly out to leftfield for the first out of the inning. He then got catcher Tony Beam to strike out swinging for what was supposed to be the second out of the inning.

Beam though advanced to first after senior catcher Kevin Abraham failed to catch the final strike.

Beam was then pulled out for pinch runner Logan Swafford and eventually advanced to second on a single from third baseman Chris Estrada. They both advanced to second and third respectively following pinch hitter Chase Hacker grounding out to third.

Swofford scored following a fielding error from Owls junior shortstop Tyler Frank.

Down 3-1 with two outs and runners on the corners, designated hitter Ryan Stacy hit a double down right field scoring Estrada from third.

The runner at first, second baseman Bryan Arias, was sent home but was tagged out at the plate ending the game with the Owls ninth-straight win 3-2.

Wilson was 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs along with his second home run of the season.

Junior pitcher Vince Colletti had his longest outing of the season. He threw eight shutout innings, allowing just six hits while striking out three.

“Coletti really pitched well.” said FAU Head Baseball coach John McCormack. “(He) kept them off balance. That’s kind of a free-swinging group…He struck some guys out and we were fortunate enough to come away with the win.”

Schneider earned his 11th save of the season.

Game Three: UTSA 8, FAU 1

The Owls season long nine game win streak came to an end following an 8-1 loss to UTSA.

The Roadrunners got three runs across the board in the first three innings before FAU could muster up a hit.

Rivera got the Owls first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning but failed to make anything of it.

UTSA extended their lead to seven in the seventh inning before the Owls could get their second hit of the game, a double to left field from Frank, which scored the Owls lone run of the game.

UTSA added another run in the ninth eventually winning 8-1.

Roadrunners starting pitcher Chance Kirby had a no-hitter through 3.1 innings before allowing a hit. He finished the game allowing just two hits and a run in 6.2 innings.

“I thought their guy pitched very well,” said McCormack. “…He was one of the better guys we faced in the conference this year.”

It was just the third time all year FAU has lost at home and first since losing two straight against Southern Miss on March 24 and 25.

The Owls (26-9, 11-4 C-USA) host Bethune Cookman for a single non-conference game on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Matt Brown is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @mattyb407.