Jeremy Strawn threw eight shutout innings to lead the Owls to a 3-0 victory over Alabama on Sunday. (Photo by Michelle Friswell)
Strawn and quartered
Strawn stymies Alabama for eight scoreless innings on Sunday to help the Owls salvage a game against the Crimson Tide.
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Junior starter Jeremy Strawn turned in a gem of a performance. striking out six and walking none while allowing only four hits in eight innings of work to lead FAU to a 3-0 victory over previously undefeated Alabama and allow the Owls to avoid a series sweep.
Strawn only needed 82 pitches in becoming the first FAU pitcher this season to last eight innings. He threw 61 of his 82 pitches for strikes.
"Jeremy did his job today", head coach John McCormack said. "In fact, he did his job and then some. Guys kept making plays and he kept making pitches."
The FAU (4-3) offense came from an unlikely source. In his first start of the season freshman Brendon Sanger went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single.
"Coach came up to me during batting practice and said, 'Hey I think you're gonna start today so make sure you get some good hacks in,'” Sanger said.
Senior closer Hugh Adams replaced Strawn in the ninth and shut down Alabama (7-1) to collect his second save of the season. His last save opportunity didn't go as well. Adams' first pitch was blasted to left field in a loss to #20 Miami.
"I needed [a clean inning] for myself, my confidence," Adams said.
GameBrowser: FAU 3, Alabama 0
Owl star performance: Strawn gave the Owls the pitching performance they needed. He only allowed four hits and kept Alabama off the scoreboard while giving FAU bats a chance to heat up. He's 2-0 on the season.
Moving forward: Mark Nelson went 1-for-3 and drove in the Owls' first run of the game. ...Nathan Pittman continues to get on base. He went 0-2 but walked twice and scored a run. ...
Moving backward: Robert Buckley went 0-3 on Sunday and is now 0-for-6 on the season. ...FAU left six runners on base.
Key stat: 1 - extra base hit by the Owls during the 3-game weekend series. Tyler Rocklein doubled on Sunday.
Up next: FAU is back in action on Tuesday when Florida Gulf Coast comes to Boca Raton. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.