April 5, 2015
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Junior Brandon Rhodes dealt his longest career outing and earned a win in his first decision of the season as the Florida Atlantic University baseball team defeated Marshall 6-1 Sunday.
The Owls (26-6, 9-3 C-USA) have won five in a row after the three-game sweep of the Thundering Herd (9-21, 2-10 C-USA).
"It feels good," FAU Head Coach John McCormack said. "The guys came out and took care of business and we just have to keep moving on."
Rhodes threw seven innings without allowing a walk, scattering six hits with three strikeouts. Junior Brett Lashley went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored.
For the fourth consecutive game, the Owls struck with multiple runs in the first inning. Back-to-back singles by Stephen Kerr and Lashley set up a sacrifice fly by Ricky Santiago and an RBI single by Roman Collins to give FAU a 2-0 lead in the opening frame.
The Owls doubled the lead in the third on a bases-loaded, two-out single by Santiago to plate Lashley and Ryan Miller.
Back-to-back doubles for the Herd to open the fourth gave Marshall its only run of the day against Rhodes.
FAU scored an insurance run in the sixth as Christian Dicks singles, maneuvered his way to third, and stole home with two outs to extend the lead to 5-1.
Brendon Sanger led off the seventh with his 11th double of the season and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Collins to finish off the scoring at 6-1.
The Owls go on the road to face Miami on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. before hosting C-USA rival FIU in a three game series starting Friday, April 10. For ticket information, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUSports.com.