The first five Owls to bat in the ninth reached safely. Cody Wilson’s double drove in David Miranda to tie the score at seven. Pedro Pages scored on wild pitch to give FAU the lead. Eric Rivera’s RBI double pushed the lead to 9-7. Richie Nizza added a two-run double and the Owls squeezed home their final run of the afternoon.
“We stuck it out,” coach John McCormack said. “I think there’s games each year where it’s not about if you’re better than the other team, or playing better or not as well, it’s about sticking it out and winning the game somehow, some way. That’s what I think we did tonight.”
FAU has now won seven consecutive games, scoring at least 10 runs in their last six.
The Owls trailed 4-3 before posting three runs in the eighth. RBI singles by Pages and Gunnar Lambert, along with a sacrifice fly from Eric Rivera put the Owls up 6-4, but Nick Swan and Drew Peden combined to allow three runs in the bottom of the inning.
“It’s good to be 2-0 in conference with a chance to sweep on the road, which is never, ever easy,” McCormack said.
GameBrowser: FAU (15-2, 2-0) 12, ODU (7-11,0-2) 7
Moving Forward: With four runs driven in on Saturday, Eric Rivera not has 13 RBI in his last five games. …With three hits, Pedro Pages raised his average to a team-high .351. …A first-inning double extended Tyler Frank’s hitting streak to 13 games. …David Miranda led off the sixth inning with a homer to right.
Sliding Backward: Reliever Weston Clemente continues to struggle. He surrendered a hit to the only batter he faced. …Drew Peden was charged with two runs on two hits in 1/3 of an inning. …Diamond Johnson went hitless in four at-bats.
Key Stat: 2008 – The last time FAU scored 10 or more runs in six consecutive games.
Up Next: FAU goes for the series sweep of Old Dominion on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.