The Owls failed to get the bats going after totaling 22 runs in the first two games. Old Dominion pitchers allowed only six hits on Sunday, and one unearned run, preventing FAU from getting the sweep.
The poor offensive afternoon spoiled starting pitcher Vince Coletti’s best performance of the season. He didn’t allow any runs, surrendered only three hits while striking out four strikeouts in six innings.
FAU scored when Kevin Abraham raced home on a fourth-inning wild pitch.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Old Dominion’s Tommy Bell singled into left field, tying the score at 1.
The Monarchs touch reliever Mark Nowatnick again in the eighth, when Will Morgan singled into right field to bring in what turned out to be the winning run.
FAU departs Virginia with a 2-1 series victory.
GameBrowser: Old Dominion (8-11, 1-2) 2, FAU (15-5, 2-1) 1
Moving Forward: Coletti has an 11-consecutive inning scoreless streak. Tyler Frank run his hitting streak to 14 games. …The top four batters in the lineup, Frank, Joe Montes, David Miranda and Pedro Pages, all had at least one hit.
Sliding Backward: The Owls only managed six hits. …The bottom three in the lineup – Eric Rivera, Kevin Abraham and Diamond Johnson – went 0-for-10 in the loss. The back of the Owls’ bullpen remains a concern. After nearly blowing a five-run lead late in Wednesday’s victory over North Florida, Nowatnick did blow Sunday’s lead.
Key Stat: 11 – FAU runners left on base.
Up Next: FAU goes on the road to take on the Miami Hurricanes Wednesday night at 6 p.m.