His solo blast to left capped a five-run eighth and gave FAU the lead for good in a 14-10 victory over Rice in Houston.
Reliever Matt Harris drew the emergency start in place of Jake Miednik, who was scratched from his scheduled start because of shoulder tightness. His availability for the remainder of the weekend is uncertain.
Harris didn’t make it out of the second inning. Leading 2-0 after one, FAU surrendered six runs to Rice in the second. FAU chipped away at the lead scoring two in the third and another in the fourth before tying the game on a Tyler Frank RBI double in the fifth.
It didn’t stay tied long. Rice promptly added three more runs in the bottom of the inning, once again taking what appeared to be a comfortable lead.
Pedro Pages’ two-run homer was the big blow in a three-run ninth that sealed the victory for FAU.
GameBrower: FAU (28-9, 12-4) 14, Rice (16-22-1, 6-9-1) 10
Moving Forward: Tyler Frank, David Miranda, Pedro Pages and Eric Rivera – FAU hitters No. 1, 3, 4 and 5 – all enjoyed three-hit games. …Frank scored four runs. …Every FAU starter recorded at least one hit. …Reliever Drew Peden didn’t allow a run over the final two innings to record a save.
Sliding Backward: Reliever Marc Stewart allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings. …Fellow reliever Weston Clemente surrendered one run in his lone inning.
Key Stat: 18 – hit for FAU on the night.
Up Next: FAU and Rice play the middle game of the weekend series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.