Jared Shouppe’s third-inning, three-run homer – the first of his FAU career – provided enough runs to give coach John McCormack win No. 300 of his career – an 8-2 victory over Rice.
The victory allowed FAU to claim the series against Rice, two games to one.
“Our guys played great today,” said McCormack, the second-winningest coach in program history behind Kevin Cooney.
McCormack is currently in his ninth season as FAU’s head coach, after serving the previous 18 years as an assistant at Florida Atlantic.
FAU received seven strong innings from starter Jake Miednik, who allowed two runs on only three hits, but did walk four.
“Miednik kind of walked on a tightrope, but really only made two mistakes all day,” McCormack said.
GameBrowser: FAU (18-8-1) 8, Rice (9-21) 2
Moving Forward: The homer was one of three hits for Shouppe, who drove in four runs on the day. …Jordan Poore scored twice and drove in a run. …Reliever Kyle Marman didn’t allow a run and struck out three while working the final two innings.
Sliding Backward: Gary Mattis is still serving his suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules. …David Miranda went hitless in the finale.
Key Stat: 10 – hits for FAU on Sunday. FAU managed only 10 hits combined off Rice pitching the previous two days.
Up Next: Bethune-Cookman comes to Boca Raton for a mid-week intrastate clash. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.