SERIES THREAD: Southern Miss vs. FAU - May 14th - 16th, 2021
Now THAT'S how you start a game! 👊👊— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 15, 2021
A pair of two-run homers, first from @BJMurray14 and then #CUSA Hitter of the Week Steven Loden, give the Owls the early advantage!
Here's Loden's MOON SHOT to get you pumped! 💪🚀🌛#USM 0 - #FAU 4 | T2 | @LealLaw pic.twitter.com/YjwqqZiEN2
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy for @jackowenny out in center field. 🍋😎— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 15, 2021
The Golden Eagles get on the board, but the Owls still hold the lead with the man, the myth, the legend.. Steven Loden leading off.#USM 3 - #FAU 4 | B3 | @LealLaw pic.twitter.com/GthnSrlRce
Who else but @NSchanuel!? The freshman phenom clears the bases with a CLUTCH 2-RBI double! Owls are back within striking distance following a five Golden Eagle run inning. C'mon boys! 👏👏#USM 8 - #FAU 6 | T5 | @LealLaw pic.twitter.com/s5LFQPlv0U— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 15, 2021
.@mitchhartigan24 goes yard to bring the Owls within a run of No. 19 Southern Miss! But a monster sixth inning from the visitors stretch their lead again.#USM 14 - #FAU 8 | T7 | @LealLaw pic.twitter.com/TuNhCt044q— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 15, 2021
FINAL | #USM 14 - #FAU 8— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) May 15, 2021
Owls drop their second to the No. 19 Golden Eagles despite a solid outing at the plate.@NSchanuel, @mitchhartigan24, and Steven Loden all with 2 hits.@walvarez_04 & @BJMurray14 with 2 Runs.
NEXT: Game 4 of the series tomorrow at noon. #GoOwls 👌 pic.twitter.com/exj4oVzQI4
Florida Atlantic was upended in Saturday's doubleheader by a combined score of 20-9. Southern Mississippi entered the series as the #19 team in the nation and they showed why in today's sweep following Friday's FAU victory.
- The matinee saw the Owls bats struggle as the home side mustered just five hits, the lowest since since a pair of hits against Florida International on the first of May.
- The bats came alive in the double header's second contest, but two massive innings from USM, a five-run fourth and a six-run sixth, spelled doom for the Owls.
- USM's ability to put their leadoff man on base was killer. They went a combined 7-14, blowing out FAU's combined 4-14.
- Both sides threw seven walks in the today's second game, although the visitors made them count the most by going 4-8 with runners in scoring position compared to FAU's 2-8. The Golden Eagles also reached base on errors twice, to help bolster their base runners.
- Both Mitchell Hartigan and Bobby Morgensen lead the clubhouse with a combined three hits over the two games. BJ Murray and Wilfredo Alvarez were the only Owls to score more than a run in the double header, both pairs coming in the evening's contest.
Head Coach John McCormack did not mince his words about his teams defense and pitching in today's second game. "Game two was a disaster, we give up a three-spot, a five-spot and a six-spot. This feels like March, when we couldn't get ourselves out of innings." He would later go on to praise the offense despite leaving eight runners on base.
NEXT: FAU will close the series against Southern Miss Sunday at high noon. This will be the last home game of the season before the Owls play a one-off in Coral Gables against Miami.