BOCA RATON – The wind blew out for Illinois. Apparently FAU didn’t enjoy the same advantage.
Illinois belted six home runs and smoked FAU 14-4 on Saturday.
By the time the game reached the middle of the fifth the contest was decided. Illinois scored the first 10 runs and relaxed the remainder of the way.
FAU pitcher Jake Miednik, who had been stellar entering the game, allowed 10 runs, six earned, in 4 2/3 innings to take his first loss of the game.
The bullpen didn’t fare much better, surrendering four more runs.
Illinois smashed six homers. FAU managed only one, that coming from Friday night’s hero David Miranda.
GameBrowser: Illinois 14, FAU 4
Moving Forward: Left fielder Gary Mattis was the only Owl to enjoy a multi-hit game. He had two. …Pitcher Eric Keating struck out two in a perfect inning. …Injured right fielder Jared Shouppe (hamstring) had a hit in his only at-bat.
Sliding Backward: Miednik suffered through his worst game as an Owl. Prior to Saturday he had been FAU’s best pitcher. …Shortstop Tyler Frank committed another error, one of three in the game for FAU. …Second baseman Stephen Kerr didn’t play one day after feeling soreness in his oblique on a swing.
Key Stat: 7 – homers hit in the game, only one by FAU.
Up Next: FAU will try to win the series against Illinois on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon.