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SERIES THREAD: FAU vs. UTSA May 10th-12th, 2019

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OWLS WIN!


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FAU baseball and UTSA traded leads in the eighth and ninth, but key pitching and defense led to a Pedro Pages three-run home run in the 12th for an 8-5 Owl win in the opener of the three game C-USA set at Roadrunner Field.

“Wow, what a game. Couldn’t ask for more drama than tonight", said Head Coach John McCormack. "It just shows you what a great game baseball is, where Zach (Schneider) wasn’t great to start, then he was amazing to close the game out. And Pedro didn’t have a great night, then he hits the three-run homer."

Trailing 2-1, UTSA (23-26, 10-14 C-USA) scored three times with two outs in the eighth for a 4-2 advantage. FAU battled back to load the bases with no one out in the ninth. A fielder’s choice, with an error on top of it, scored two to tie it, and a sacrifice fly by Joe Montes made it 5-4 Owls.

In the bottom half, an RBI single tied it, and the Roadrunners had the bases loaded and one out. But Zach Schneider got a strikeout and induced a groundout to third to send it to extras.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard in the 10th and 11th, with the Owls aided by an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners in the former.

Andru Summerall led the FAU 12th off with a walk, and one out later, Mitchell Hartigan singled through the right side. On a 2-2 pitch, Pages launched a no-doubt shot halfway up the netting beyond the leftfield fence for the lead.

"I always say this game is going to give you an opportunity, again", McCormack said. "Whether it be the next day or later in the game, and the guys capitalized on it."

Though UTSA put two on with one out in the bottom half, two straight flyouts to Eric Rivera in centerfield stranded the 16th and 17th Roadrunners on the night.

"I thought we played tough and gritty in tough conditions", said McCormack. "I’m proud of the guys, we hung in there and we really needed tonight’s win to keep pace.”

Starter Blake Sanderson pitched six innings of seven-hit, one-run ball with four strikeouts for FAU.

The Owls (33-16, 18-7 C-USA) will take the field for game two Satuday at 5:00 PM EST, while hoping to lock up the series.

- FAU Baseball SID Jonathan Fraysure

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After a long night, the boys are back for game 2 in San Antonio. Let's clinch this series!

 
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1 down, 8 to go!

 
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It's still scoreless after 3, but this game is MOVING.


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THE OWLS ARE OFFICIALLY ON THE BOARD! Urbaez with a shot to left, let's go!

 
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Looks like everyone's bats have decided to wake up! After 4 scoreless innings, the game is all tied up at the end of the 5th.

 
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You really don't love to see that. A bullpen meltdown allows UTSA to score two on the Owls

 
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Really gotta start pulling it together here. They can't afford to have anymore bullpen issues

 
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Well that wasn't fun. UTSA certainly took advantage of FAU's bullpen meltdown to pull this one out. But the Owls will be back tomorrow to redeem themselves and hopefully win this series.

 
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