Box Score April 22, 2017
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team was held to four hits and fell for the first time in series play this season as UTSA clinched the three-game set with a 6-0 shutout win on a cold and windy Saturday at Roadrunner Field.
The Turning Point
An RBI groundout in the second inning pushed UTSA (20-17, 9-8 Conference USA) ahead, and they added two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Meanwhile, Roadrunners' starting pitcher Nolan Trabanino was putting up nothing but zeroes, allowing just one hit up until that point.
A trio of FAU (24-13-1, 11-6 C-USA) relievers went 3 2/3 combined innings and only one UTSA baserunner reached after they plated their final run. But Trabanino matched that, scattering three hits over his last four innings of work, including a perfect ninth to end it, going the distance on 138 pitches.
- Blake Sanderson came on in relief with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and induced an inning-ending double play
- Nick Swan was next, and struck out four of the six batters he faced over two scoreless frames
- Mike Ruff retired the Roadrunners in order on 11 pitches in a perfect eighth
- The Owls' hits on the day were recorded by Austin Langham, who had an infield single in the second; Esteban Puerta with a double in the sixth; another infield single, by Jared Shouppe in the seventh; and a single up the middle by Jordan Poore in the eighth
- Puerta and Shouppe each reached twice, both adding a walk on the day as well, and Eric Rivera drew two bases-on-balls in the two-hole
"Credit to UTSA's pitcher, he threw a great game against us today," said Head Coach John McCormack. "We could not get anything going all day. They were able to put together two good innings and made them stand. Tomorrow's game is a big one and we have to be ready to play."
The game three matchup, with TBA listed in the starting pitcher slot on each side, begins at 11:00 a.m. San Antonio time (noon Eastern).