Rivera already had two hits on the afternoon before stepping to the plate with two out in the 11th.
His home run was the third of the day for the Owls, with the first two coming off David Miranda’s bat. Miranda’s line-drive shot to right in the third and his shot to left in the sixth both drove in two runs.
Trailing 4-1 in the eighth Charlotte scored three runs thanks in part to Miranda’s fielding error in right field.
Closer Zach Schneider recorded the final out of the eighth and work the following three innings in scoreless fashion to earn his third win of the season.
The Owls have now won six consecutive games.
GameBrowser: FAU (23-8, 8-3) 5, Charlotte (15-15, 5-6) 4 (11 inn)
Moving Forward: After seeing his hitting streak die on Friday at 24 games, Tyler Frank smacked the first pitch he saw on Saturday into the left field gap for a double. …Joe Montes scored two runs. …Starter Vince Coletti allowed only one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Sliding Backward: Reliever Mitch Harris surrendered three runs – two earned – in an inning of work. …Andru Summerall went hitless in five at-bats, striking out four times. …Gunnar Lambert didn’t record a hit in his four at-bats, striking out once.
Key Stat: 3 – double plays turned by FAU.
Up Next: The start time for Sunday’s series finale against Charlotte has been moved to 10 a.m. because of expected afternoon inclement weather. FAU will be trying for its second consecutive weekend sweep.