FAU baseball returned the favor for Illinois’ blow out win on Saturday be delivering a beat down of its own one day later.
The Owls defeated Illinois 16-2 to take the weekend series 2-1.
Freshman Eric Rivera got the Owls started with his first career homer, part of a three-run first.
FAU led 7-0 before Illinois broke through with a single run in the fourth. The Owls countered with two in the bottom of the inning and five more in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
GameBrowser: FAU 16, Illinois 2
Moving Forward: Tyler Frank went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. …Rivera had three hits and drove in three runs. …Gary Mattis went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. …Starter Nick Swan surrendered only one run on four hits in six innings. …Alex Ray recorded his first RBI with his first collegiate hit. …Sean Labsan hit his first homer of the year.
Sliding Backward: Reliever Blake Sanderson allowed a run on two hits in one inning of work. …Austin Langham went hitless in four at-bats.
Key Stat: 9 – hits totaled by Frank, Rivera, Puerta and Labsan – the first four hitters in the Owls’ order. FAU smacked 18 hits on the afternoon.
Up Next: The Owls travel to Daytona Beach to face Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday. The game is a make-up for a rainout earlier in the season.