Florida Atlantic earned a series victory over UALR on Sunday afternoon with an 11-1 win in seven innings over the Trojans at the FAU Baseball Stadium. The game ended due to the mercy rule after FAU went up by 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“These guys have a lot of heart and a lot of character,” said head coach John McCormack. “I love this team, they do everything right and they understand the importance of what is going on."
The Owls (11-7, 4-2) struck for two runs in the second after back-to-back hits by Dan Scheffler and Colby Gratton led off the inning. Nick DelGuidice recorded his 21st RBI of the season with a sac fly to center and Eddie Cassidy followed with an RBI double to give FAU a 2-0 lead.
FAU tacked on three more runs in the fourth. After loading the bases, Raymond Church crushed a first-pitch fastball deep into the left field corner to plate all three runs and give the Owls a 5-0 lead.
After UALR (13-8, 1-5) struck back for one run the top of the seventh, the Owls ended play with a six run bottom half of the inning to finalize the game. On Sundays in conference play, if a team leads by 10 runs or more through seven innings, the game is officially over.
“I was proud of them coming back and finishing the series strong after Friday’s loss,” McCormack said.
Kevin Alexander (2-2) bounced back to earn his second victory of the season with a solid pitching performance. The freshman pitched a complete game and gave up five hits and one earned run with one walk and two strikeouts.
“He gave us more than we expected, it worked out great,” McCormack said. “We only wanted him to go three innings, we had bullpen arms rested, but he pitched to contact today and went the distance.”
The Owls will return to action on Tuesday as they begin a two-game series against Cornell. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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