It took a little longer than the Owls hoped but FAU claimed its series victory over UAB by defeating the Blazers 9-5 on Sunday in the resumption of a game suspended Saturday because of rain.
The Owls led 7-2 when the rain came on Saturday after six innings. Upon resumption the Owls promptly put the game away by loading the bases in the top of the seventh, then scoring two runs on Eric Rivera’s single.
FAU trailed briefly in the game when starter Jake Miednik surrendered a run in the first.
Catcher Pedro Pages gave the Owls a lead they wouldn’t relinquish with a two-run homer in the top of the second, his third of the year.
FAU added two more runs in the third and another in the fourth to begin to pull away.
With the victory FAU pulled back into a three-way tie atop Conference USA with Old Dominion and Southern Miss.
Game Browser: FAU (16-7-1, 5-1) 9, UAB ( 14-10, 3-3) 5
Moving Forward: David Miranda’s bat remains hot. He drove in two more on Sunday. …Tyler Frank did most of his damage during the Saturday portion of the game, going 2-for-3, scoring two runs and driving in another. He was the lone Owl to enjoy a multi-hit game. …Reliever Eric Keating struck out two in a perfect eighth.
Sliding Backward: David Miranda’s defense let him down on Sunday. He made two errors. …Reliever Mark Nowatnick took the mound for FAU when the game resumed and allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning. Only one of those runs was earned. …Gary Mattis went hitless in four at-bats but did score a run.
Key Stat: 13 – walks drawn by FAU in the series finale. FAU scored nine runs on nine hits and still managed to leave 12 on base.
Up Next: FAU won’t play a midweek game before Rice comes to Boca Raton for a weekend series. Friday’s first game begins at 6:30 p.m.