Feb. 26, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team's offense was once again held in check by Stony Brook University's quality pitching in a 5-1 loss on Saturday evening in the second game of this weekend series at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton.
The Owls are now 4-3 on the season and have lost consecutive games for the first time in this young season. Meanwhile, Stony Brook has won its first two games of the spring. The teams will conclude the series with a game on Sunday, February 27, starting at 1 p.m.
FAU has been held to just two runs and 12 hits - 18 of them singles - in the first two games of the series. The team has also had 16 strikeouts and left 20 runners on base through the efforts of four Stony Brook pitchers.
A pitcher's duel was apparent in Saturday's game from Florida Atlantic starting pitcher Jake Meiers and Seawolves' starter Tyler Johnson. A scoreless mound battle ended in the top of the fifth inning when the Long Island, N.Y., visitors managed to push across a run on senior shortstop Chad Marshall's one-out hit that scored freshman first baseman Kevin Courtney, who had earlier doubled.
The Owls tied the game in the bottom half of the frame when senior first baseman Dan Scheffler lined a double to right-center field with two outs to plate sophomore outfielder Nathan Pittman. It was Scheffler's first hit of the season in his second game.
Meiers would leave the game in the seventh inning after a FAU fielding error allowed Stony Brook freshman right fielder Joshua Mason to second base with one out. Lead-off hitter Pat Cantwell drove home the winning run with a base hit down the third base line, with two outs. It was one of three hits of the night for the junior catcher, who has hit .500 (4-for-8) in the first two games of the season.
The Seawolves tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth inning on a two-run home run over the right field fence by sophomore designated hitter William Carmona. Also, Mason would score in the ninth inning to cap the scoring on Cantwell's second run-scoring hit of the game.
Johnson, a junior right hander who was 10-3 last season, became the second Stony Brook starting pitcher to earn a victory, scattering five hits and posting four strikeouts in six innings on the mound. Freshman Bryan Tatelman earned the save after allowing one hit and no runs in the last three innings.
Meiers' performance marked the first time this season that a FAU starting pitcher had went into the sixth inning. He suffered the hard-luck loss despite allowing just one earned run and five hits in 6.1 innings.
Senior second baseman Raymond Church was one of FAU's offensive bright spots, extending his hitting streak to 16 games with an infield base hit in the third inning. Sophomore catcher Mike Spano had two hits, while senior designated hitter Eddie Cassidy and junior outfielder Alex Hudak added solo hits.
Live audio and statistics of Sunday's series finale can be found at www.fausports.com. For season and individual tickets, call the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.