FAU sweeps Cincinnati to open 2019 season

The Owls scored a whopping 22 runs over three games.


Photo by Max Jackson

Colby Guy, Contributing Writer

FAU baseball started the season hot, sweeping the Cincinnati Bearcats in a three-game opening weekend set.

Here’s the University Press’ game-by-game recap of the action:

Game 1: FAU 9, Cincinnati 0

The game was scoreless in the top of the third behind some great pitching from FAU’s Blake Sanderson, but the offense got rolling in the bottom half of the inning.

FAU scored eight runs in the third, including a walk and a two-run home run from freshman B.J. Murray. Murray had an FAU debut to remember, going 1-2 with two RBIs and a pair of walks.

The score remained 8-0 into the eighth inning behind some stellar Owls pitching, but FAU added another run on a single from Pedro Pages that sent Gunnar Lambert home.

Bobby Morgenson and Andru Summerall both went 1-4 with two RBIs.

Blake Sanderson struck out three batters over six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk.

Game 2: FAU 8, Cincinnati 7

The Bearcats had it rolling early in this one, scoring two runs in the third inning and another in the fifth to make it a 3-0 game in their favor.

FAU rallied back with two runs of its own to shorten Cincinnati’s lead to one, but that margin didn’t hold for long.

Cincinnati loaded the bases in the next inning and scored three runs, making it a 6-2 game. FAU would still not let up.

The Owls responded with a five-run inning that put them ahead 7-6, Eric Rivera’s grand slam providing most of the damage.

The Bearcats tied it in the sixth, which led to the game going to extra innings.

Morgenson won FAU the game in extras, driving home a runner on a single to make the game 8-7.

Ryan Sandberg pitched 4.1 innings, striking out three, allowing four hits, three runs, one earned run and two walks.

Zach Schneider got the win, the senior striking out three batters over 4.1 innings, allowing three hits, a run and two walks.

Rivera had a stellar game, going 2-5 with four RBIs, adding a walk and a home run.

Lambert went 2-6 with 2 RBIs.

Game 3: FAU 5, Cincinnati 3

The scoring started in the fourth inning, when FAU’s Mike Ruff gave up a solo home run to Cincinnati’s Jeremy Johnson, followed by a two-run shot from Jace Mercer in the fifth.

FAU answered back in the bottom of that fifth inning, scoring four runs of its own.

The Owls’ rally started with a two-run shot from Lambert, followed by an RBI triple from Morgenson, who was brought home on a Joe Montes single that put FAU up 4-3.

Rivera extended the Owls’ lead to two with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

FAU’s Vince Coletti was a standout, collecting the save after pitching three scoreless innings. He struck out four batters, allowed no hits and only one walk.

Hunter Cooley received the win after pitching 1.1 innings in relief for the Owls. He threw a strikeout, allowed two hits and a walk.

Lambert had an excellent game, going 2-4, driving in two runs in the Owls’ victory.

The Owls will travel to play the Miami Hurricanes next, who are also undefeated through three games. First pitch from Coral Gables is set for 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday.

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