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Baseball: Fordham Outlasts FAU 18-16

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Baseball: Fordham Outlasts FAU 18-16

Fordham avoided a series sweep in Boca Raton , outlasting Florida Atlantic 18-16 Sunday. FAU had the winning-run on base in the bottom of the ninth after trailing by as many as eight runs on two different occasions.

Fordham (1-2) turned its lineup over five times, using 18 hits to score in all but two innings. Seniors P.J. Como, Danny Leach and freshman Brian Kownacki each had three-hits for the Rams.

Florida Atlantic (2-1) had no trouble generating offense as five different players had two or more hits. The Owls scored 35 runs during the three-game set. David Wilson went 2-for-4 Sunday and finished the series 4 of 9 (.444 BA) with five runs and three RBI.

Fordham took a 4-1 lead on Florida Atlantic sophomore starter Glen Troyanowski (0-1). The sophomore left-hander was charged with five runs, five hits and four walks, leaving as the pitcher of record during an eight-run Fordham fifth. FAU relievers Adam Morrison and Lou Morey needed to throw 32 pitches to eight batters to get Troyanowski out of the inning which was extended by a costly fielding error on a routine groundball.

Bobby DiNardo’s three-run homer off Morey into the bullpen beyond the fence in right field put the Rams up 12-4. DiNardo had doubled previously in the inning. He finished the series 5-for-11 with three homers, two doubles and six RBI.

FAU briefly made it a four-run game, 12-8, in the bottom of the fifth thanks to one of Nick Criaris’ three hits. Criaris and senior classmate Jeremy Griffiths each doubled twice Sunday.

The Fordham offense scored three more times in the sixth and once more in the seventh to make it 16-8.  The Rams burned through seven different FAU pitchers and were issued 10 walks to go along with their 18 hits.

A double by senior William Block sparked a late-inning comeback bid by FAU. His double highlighted a five-run seventh inning for the Owls. Block came on to make his collegiate pitching debut in the eighth, working 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Trailing 18-13 in the bottom of the ninth, FAU got one-out hits from Griffiths and Block and consecutive walks courtesy of a shaky Fordham relief corps to set the stage for an exciting finish. After another walk and a sac fly cut the lead to two, Daniel Munday induced the final out- saving the win for mid-reliever John Flanagan (1-0).

The Owls return to action Friday night, February 27 at FAU Stadium when they open a three-game series with Stony Brook.

Source:  FAU Media Relations
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Re: Baseball: Fordham Outlasts FAU 18-16

Its was nice to win the series but Fordham scored a lot of runs this weekend. Pitching needs to step up or it will be like last year where we just outscored everyone.

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