“It was imperative that we did this,” FAU coach John McCormack said. “We couldn’t allow it to be a tight game because I didn’t know how we were going to react against these guys”
FAU broke open what had been a fairly tight game by scoring eight runs in the seventh.
The Owls sent 13 batters to the plate in that inning. Jared DeSantolo’s two-run pinch hit home run was the big blow of the outburst,
Jordan Poore made his first start of the season, allowing two runs – one earned – in four innings to earn the win.
“I thought Jordan did a nice job in his first start,” McCormack said.
GameBrowser: FAU (27-9) 14, Bethune-Cookman (14-23) 2
Moving Forward: Tyler Frank recorded two hits, drove in two runs and scored three times. …Gunnar Lambert smacked his fifth homer of the season, part of a 2-for-3 evening in which he drove in three and and scored twice. …Marc Stewart tossed three shutout innings of relief, striking out three. …Working on a pitch limit, Jordan Poore threw 45 of his 64 pitches for strikes. He will return to the bullpen for the weekend series.
Sliding Backward: Eric Miranda dropped a ball in right field, one of two FAU errors on the afternoon. …Blake Sanderson, normally a pitcher, committed the second error while charging a high chopper in the ninth. Sanderson quickly redeemed himself by tracking down a bouncer behind second base and making a quick flip to initiate a double play.
Key Stat: 6 – different Owls enjoyed mutli-hit games, part of a 17-hit attack for FAU. Every FAU starter recorded at least one hit.
Up Next: FAU travels to Houston for a weekend series against Rice. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Instant Message: “I have to tell you I was really nervous about this game. You look a their record and you worry about the guys, about how they’re going to come out. I even talked to them, which I usually don’t, kind of a reminder of how important this game is in the grand scheme of what we’re trying to accomplish this year.” – McCormack