FAU collapses late in series-clinching loss to Marshall

BECKLEY, W. Va. (April 5, 2014) – In a tie game in the eighth inning, the FAU baseball team committed four two-out errors, allowing Marshall to score five runs to take a 7-3 victory on Saturday.

The Owls (16-14, 4-10 C-USA) loaded the bases with two outs in the third with hits by Robert Buckley and CJ Chatham and a walk by Kevin Abraham, but could not bring runners across.

FAU got on the board in the third as Ricky Santiago hit his second double of the series to score Tyler Rocklein. Esteban Puerta followed that up with an RBI single to center, giving the Owls a 2-0 lead.

Marshall loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, but the FAU defense kept the runners stranded to hold onto the lead.

The Herd (11-19, 7-6 C-USA) tied the game in the seventh on three hits, including a double by Robert Fajardo.

After three FAU strikeouts in the top of the eighth, Marshall rallied in the bottom of the inning for five runs on just three hits. With two outs and two on, Aaron Bossi hit a line drive to left. Rocklein charged at it, but misplayed the ball, allowing a pair of runs to score. An infield error let another run score and left a runner on second for Fajardo. The Marshall left fielder hti a line drive that got by Billy Endris that trickled to the wall, allowing the speedy Fajardo to score all the way from the plate, giving Marshall a 7-2 advantage.

The Owls would try to mount a comeback in the ninth when freshmen Chatham and Kerr singled and a Marshall error allowed CJ to score, leaving Kerr on third with no outs. A pair of groundouts and a strikeout ended the game, giving Marshall a 7-3 victory and the series win.

Buckley and Chatham each picked up a pair of hits for the Owls. Bo Logan was tagged with his first loss of the season as the junior pitched in relief of Jeremy Strawn. The duo each struck out three batters and allowed a combined three earned runs.

Game three of the series is slated for a noon first pitch on Sunday. 

 

 

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