BOCA RATON – FAU didn’t need drama to complete its sweep of Florida International.
After consecutive walk-off wins to begin the series, the Owls nearly mercy ruled the Panthers in a 10-1 victory on Sunday.
“It was a really, really good weekend against a good team,” FAU coach John McCormack said.
FAU starter Jake Miednik delivered arguably his best outing of the season, allowing one run on four hits in eight strong innings.
He only found himself in trouble once. With two outs in fourth, FIU loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, then scored its lone run when Miednick hit Nick Day with a pitch. Miednik recovered to strike out Adam Sevario to end the threat.
“I didn’t really care about velocity or strikeouts or any of that – just whatever pitch was called, just try to make the best pitch possible,” said Miednik, whose record improved to 5-4 on the season.
FIU’s lead didn’t last long. Saturday’s hero, Jared Shouppe, blasted a three-run homer to right in the bottom of the inning to give FAU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Eric Rivera boosted FAU’s lead to 5-1 with a two-run blast that defied a strong incoming wind and cleared the left field wall.
David Miranda added a solo shot to start what would become a five-run eighth inning that salted the game away for FAU.
GameBrowser: FAU (29-13-1, 15-6) 10, FIU 26-20, 10-11) 1
Moving Forward: With three hits on Sunday, Shouppe finished the FIU series 6-for-11 with five RBI and four runs scored. …David Miranda scored five runs over the weekend, hit a home run on Sunday and scored the game-winning run on Friday. …Jordan Poore went 2-for-3 on Sunday. …Miednik struck out seven while walking only two.
Sliding Backward: Esteban Puerta went hitless in four at-bats and committed an error.
Key Stat: 1 – error committed by FAU all weekend. That error, charged when Puerta failed to handle a one-hopper, came with two outs in the top of the ninth on Sunday.
Up Next: FAU travels to Mississippi for a showdown with Conference USA leader Southern Miss. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.