BOCA RATON – Alex House limited Marshall to three runs while tossing his second complete game in four weeks as FAU defeated Charlotte 7-3 in the weekend series opener.
House allowed only six hits and walked one while striking out five to move to 5-1 on the season.
“He got stronger as the game got on,” FAU coach John McCormack said. “His breaking stuff got better. His change-up was better as the game went on. Again, I thought he deserved a chance to finish it and he did.”
The Owls gave House all the run support he would need when they posted four runs in the second. Esteban Puerta’s two-run single to left proved to be the big blow in the inning.
House cruised in the early innings, throwing 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes over the first two frames. The righty really only struggled in the fourth when Marshall scored all three of its runs. Half of Marshall’s six hits on the night came in that frame, and the Thundering Herd also took advantage of a Tyler Frank throwing error and a hit batter.
Only one of the runs House allowed were earned.
Leading 5-3, FAU added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth on David Miranda’s eighth homer of the season.
“That was a good win,” McCormack said. “The home run at the end really helped.”
GameBrowser: FAU (23-9-1, 10-3) 7, Marshall (17-16, 6-7) 3
Moving Forward: Austin Langham led the Owls with three hits. He also scored one run. …Esteban Puerta and Jordan Poore enjoyed two-hit nights. …A little league promotion combined with a bark in the park promotion gave the ballpark a lively feel on Friday. FAU announced an attendance of 1,305.
Sliding Backward: Stephen Kerr went hitless in four at-bats. …Kevin Abraham went hitless in three at-bats and was hit by a pitch.
Key Stat: 112 – pitchers thrown by Alex House, with 74 going for strikes.
Up Next: FAU and Marshall play the middle game of their weekend series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.