March 12, 2016
BOCA RATON, Fla. â€" The Florida Atlantic University baseball team placed the tying run 90 feet away in the ninth inning on Saturday, but couldn't rally for another walk-off win as the Owls fell 5-4 against Rutgers.
"We had plenty of opportunities," FAU Head Coach John McCormack said. "Credit to [Rutgers]; they didn't fold and we didn't win the game."
No. 16 FAU (12-2) got on top early as CJ Chatham singled and came in to score on an RBI triple by Christian Dicks.
Rutgers (6-7) responded to tie the game in the fourth after a lead-off triple turned into a run on an RBI groundout. The Scarlet Knights took the lead in the top of the sixth after a single and a balk put a runner in scoring position, setting up an RBI single by Nick Matera.
Chatham drew a walk before Dicks beat out a single to the pitcher in the sixth, framing Esteban Puerta for an RBI infield single to second to plate Chatham. Sean Labsan drew a walk to load the bases, but a double-play ended the threat with the game tied 2-2.
The Scarlet Knights loaded the bases in the seventh before a single, bases-loaded walk and sacrifice fly put Rutgers up 5-2.
The Owls rallied for a pair in the seventh as Tyler Frank walked and scored on a double by Brett Lashley. After Lashley was bunted to third, the senior came in to score on a high chopping infield single by Billy Endris, cutting the lead to one, but the Owls would leave two stranded.
Frank and Lashley worked their way into scoring position in the eighth with two outs, but the Rutgers defense got out of the jam. Dicks laced a two-out single in the ninth, but was left stranded as the Scarlet Knights coaxed a flyout to end the game.
FAU and Rutgers will square off in the rubber match at noon on Sunday, March 13. For tickets, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit FAUSports.com. Live video streaming is available on FAUSports.com.