Box Score April 15, 2017
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team turned a 6-4 deficit into an 11-6 lead with seven runs on six hits in the seventh inning, taking the second game in as many nights over Marshall by a 12-6 final score on Saturday from FAU Baseball Stadium.
The Turning Point
Marshall (17-17, 6-8 Conference USA) got on the board with four runs in their first at-bat and extended the lead to 5-0 after three. The Owls (24-9-1, 11-3 C-USA) chipped away to make it a two-run game after five, and Tyler Frank made it a one-run game with leadoff no-doubter to left to open up the seventh.
FAU was nowhere near finished in the inning. The next batter, Jared Shouppe, was hit by a pitch, took second on a passed ball, and third on a groundout. He scored the tying run on a double by David Miranda, who in turn scored the go-ahead run after a groundout and another double, by Austin Langham. That was the first of six straight batters to reach with two outs, which also included an RBI single off the bat of Jordan Poore, an RBI single by Eric Rivera, and an RBI double by Frank, his second hit of the frame.
- Mark Nowatnick (4-0) earned the victory with four superb innings to close it out. He struck out three and faced the minimum of 12 batters (the only batter reaching was on a one-out single in the sixth, which was erased on a perfect throw to second by centerfielder Poore)
- That came after relievers Andrew Jones and Blake Sanderson combined for 2 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball, putting a proverbial band-aid on the early deficit
- Frank had three hits out of the leadoff slot and knocked in two
- Four Owls had two hits apiece: Miranda and Langham (both with two doubles and two RBI), and Poore and Rivera, with two singles and a run batted in each
- Pedro Pages reached three times on a hit-by-pitch and two walks, and had a sacrifice fly as well
- With Rice's win Saturday over Southern Miss, the Owls are now tied for the C-USA lead with the Golden Eagles, each with 11-3 marks
"I thought we had a shot if we got to their bullpen," said Head Coach John McCormack. "Our guys had some really good nice at-bats, Beans (Tyler Frank) kind of ignited us a little bit with that home run, Shouppe gets on and we're able to do all that damage with two outs. It was a good win, Mark (Nowatnick) pitched really well. Jones did a nice job and Sanderson did a nice job. It wasn't textbook pretty, but they only gave up one run between them, and then Mark was sensational ... That's what you need, he kept getting zeroes and giving us a chance to score some runs."
The Owls go for the series sweep on Sunday, a noon start at FAU Baseball Stadium. Jake Miednik will be the FAU starter, with Marshall's yet to be determined.