Pages suffered the injury during a swing in Saturday’s 8-2 loss to UAB. Pages homered to complete the at-bat, but left the game immediately thereafter. He didn’t play in Sunday’s series finale – a 12-5 FAU loss, watching the game in street clothes with his wrist immobilized by a soft cast.
The fear is that Pages may have broken a bone in his wrist. If that’s the case, he could miss the remainder of the season.
Any time missed by Pages would be a blow to FAU both offensively and defensively. He’s currently hitting .312 with four homers as the Owls’ cleanup hitter. Pages’ 31 RBI trail only Eric Rivera among Owls. Defensively, Pages showcases a strong arm behind the plate that limits opponents’ running game.
Kevin Abraham replaced Pages on Saturday and drew the start on Sunday. Gunnar Lambert relieved him behind the plate in the final innings, his first time catching in two seasons.
FAU fell out of Sunday’s game early. Starter Jordan Poore surrendered five runs and didn’t record an out of the second inning. Marc Stewart followed, allowing five more runs in 1 1/3 innings.
The series loss is FAU’s second in Conference USA play. The Owls also dropped two of three from Southern Miss, which began the weekend tied with FAU a atop C-USA, but now holds sole possession of first place.
GameBrowser: UAB (19-22, 11-10) 12, FAU (30-12-1, 14-6-1) 5
Moving Forward: Designated hitter Jared DeSantolo went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Reliever Nick Swan momentarily halted UAB’s momentum with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. …Reliever Chris Moore tossed two shutout innings.
Sliding Backward: Richie Nizza struck out in both of his official at-bats, with one punchout coming with the bases loaded in the third, ending an FAU rally. …Jared Poore allowed six hits and walked one in 1-plus innings. …Marc Stewart surrendered five runs on four hits in 1 2/3innings. …FAU has lost three of its last four games.
Key Stat: 11 – hits for UAB in the first three innings. The Blazers finished with 17 – the most allowed by FAU in a single game this season.
Up Next: FAU travels to Conference USA on Tuesday for a 6:30 first pitch. Mike Ruff will get the start for FAU.