Baseball: Owls defeat Bethune-Cookman 14-2 Tuesday night

The score was the second highest scoring game all season for FAU.


Photo by Max Jackson

Matt Brown, Contributing Writer

Florida Atlantic baseball defeated Bethune-Cookman 14-2 Tuesday night, ending the game by 11 unanswered runs.

The Owls (27-9) avenged their 7-6 loss to the Wildcats earlier this season back on March 27. They have won 10 of their last 11 games.

The Wildcats (14-23) have lost two straight and eight of their last 12, following their victory over FAU.

The Owls took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after redshirt senior right fielder David Miranda’s double to left field scored junior shortstop Tyler Frank.

Bethune-Cookman tied it up in the top of the third after second baseman Jamal Edney singled to left field scoring third baseman Ian Claudio.

The Owls reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the inning with Frank scoring his second run of the game after junior third baseman Joe Montes doubled down the left field line.

Montes eventually came around to score off of sophomore catcher Pedro Pages’ single up the middle, giving FAU a 3-1 lead early on.

The Wildcats pulled within one again in the top of the fourth off a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Clarence Carter.

FAU answered back in the bottom half once again. Frank’s second double of the game scored two, extending the Owls lead to three, 5-2.

Neither team did much in the next two and a half innings, with just two combined hits, both coming from the Wildcats.   

The Owls made up for that slow stretch in the bottom of the seventh inning, leading off the inning with five straight hits. They eventually finished the inning with seven hits, scoring eight runs off of them, including freshman pinch hitter Jared Desantolo’s two-run home run to right, his second of the year.

Redshirt junior first baseman Gunnar Lambert added his own home run in the eighth, a solo shot to right in the eventual 14-2 victory.

After previously only making bullpen appearances, redshirt sophomore pitcher Jordan Poore got his first start of the year off the mound. He allowed one earned run and five hits in four innings while striking out three, earning the win.

Coming on in the seventh to pinch hit, Desantolo was 2-for-2 with a run scored, and two RBIs from his home run.

“It was good to see him get in there (and) hit a home run,” said McCormack. “Every time he can get in there if he can work on his plate discipline, his strike zone discipline, that will be a win for us.”

Lambert was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.Frank was 2-for-3 with two runs scored along with two RBIs.

The Owls travel to take on Rice in a three-game series starting on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 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.