May 26, 2016
HATTIESBURG, Miss. â€" The Florida Atlantic University baseball team rallied for a lead, but Rice responded to tie the game and then win it 6-4 in extra innings to send FAU to the consolation bracket in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday.
FAU (38-16) posted 12 hits, led by CJ Chatham and Gunnar Lambert with three each. Chatham homered while Lambert tripled, scored and drove in a run. Brett Lashley and Tyler Frank also earned RBI while Austin Langham and Frank scored.
Rice struck first in the top of the fourth with the help of a pair of walks and a single to take a 1-0 lead.
Rice then extended the advantage to 3-0 with a pair of solo homers in the top of the fifth.
Lambert belted his first career triple off the right-center wall in the bottom of the fifth then came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Lashley to put FAU on the board.
Chatham sent the first pitch of the sixth inning towering over the left-field fence to make it a one-run game. With two outs, Langham singled and came in to score on a double by Frank to tie the contest. Lambert then roped a single up the middle to plate Frank, giving FAU its first lead of the game.
Seniors Devon Carr and Robbie Coursel dealt shutout innings for FAU to hold the lead going into the ninth when closer Cameron Ragsdale took the hill.
A one-out double set up an RBI single to tie the game at 4-4 before FAU turned a double play to end the inning.
FAU put the winning run in scoring position after Chatham singled and Esteban Puerta walked in the bottom of the ninth, but both runners were left stranded.
A single, walk and an error loaded the bags with no outs in the top of the 10th for Rice. A sacrifice fly and a wild pitch allowed the two winning runs to cross the plate.
Langham drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the inning before a double play cleared the bases. Lambert picked up a two-out infield single, but became the 11th FAU runner left stranded.
FAU will face Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, May 27. Free radio is available on FAUSports.com while a paid video stream will be offered on ConferenceUSA.com. David McKay will get the start for FAU.