FAU advances to C-USA championship after 11-4 victory over UTSA

The Owls will battle Southern Miss for the title Sunday afternoon.

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FAU advances to C-USA championship after 11-4 victory over UTSA

FAU RP Nick Swan halted UTSA's scoring run, eventually collecting a win. Photo by Noah Goldberg.

FAU RP Nick Swan halted UTSA's scoring run, eventually collecting a win. Photo by Noah Goldberg.

FAU RP Nick Swan halted UTSA's scoring run, eventually collecting a win. Photo by Noah Goldberg.

FAU RP Nick Swan halted UTSA's scoring run, eventually collecting a win. Photo by Noah Goldberg.

Zachary Weinberger, Sports Editor

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In the third round of the Conference USA baseball tournament, the Owls remain hot as they once again beat UTSA, 11-4.

In this rematch, besides the same winning result, the offense by FAU was much more explosive, as it scored 11 runs compared to last Wednesday’s six. This time the fireworks came from Owls third baseman Joe Montes, as he smashed two home runs, one in the second and the other in the fourth. Everybody seemed to contribute in yesterday’s win, especially leadoff man Eric Rivera, who shot one into left field in the third.

Jacob Josey got the start for FAU in yesterday’s game but he only pitched in three innings after surrendering four earned runs. All those runs came in the third inning. After that? Nothing, thanks to reliever Nick Swan, who came into the fourth and settled in from the get-go, eventually collecting the win. Even though he only struck out only one batter, the Roadrunners struggled to create an offense against him in the later innings.

“Leading into championship day, that’s exactly what we needed to do. Got on the board early, made them chase us, didn’t use a lot of pitching,” FAU coach John McCormack told FAUSports.com. “Really proud of the guys, Nick Swan really bailed us out. Up 8-0, (Jacob) Josey got into a little bit of trouble, and Nick was able to roll the game out which is absolutely amazing.”

FAU is now 3-0 in the C-USA tournament, and at 2:00 p.m. eastern on Sunday, they will face Southern Miss in the conference championship. While yesterday’s game marked the 400th career win for McCormack, win No. 401 is even more important, as it would add another trophy to his legacy.

Zachary Weinberger is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @ZachWeinberger