CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic baseball team made a statement on Wednesday night in south Florida as the Owls knocked off No. 1 Miami 4-3 at Alex Rodriguez Park.
“The guys played great,” FAU Head Coach John McCormack said. “It was a fantastic college baseball game. I’m happy that we came out on top. When our guys needed it, they came through”
The Owls (26-8) held the Canes (29-6) to five hits, thanks to a solid start by David McKay. The sophomore dealt six innings of work, allowing two runs on just four hits, striking out five Miami batters. Cameron Ragsdale earned his 11th save of the season, the second most of any pitcher in the nation, by retiring the side in the ninth to give FAU its third win over a ranked team this year. Sean Labsan went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI while Billy Endris was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Stephen Kerr hit a solo home run and CJ Chatham doubled and scored.
Endris drew a walk in the first and moved into scoring position on Chatham’s double before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Christian Dicks, marking the second time this season FAU has scored in the first against a No. 1 team.
Miami responded in the bottom of the frame after a lead-off walk and a stolen base set Zach Collins up for an RBI single through the right side to tie the contest.
Kerr led off the third with his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot to left, to re-take the lead for FAU.
Again, the Canes would come back, this time on a walk, stolen base and a wild pitch, to tie the game once more at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Endris battled through eight pitches to lead off the eighth with a walk before Chatham and Esteban Puerta were each hit by pitches to load the bases. Labsan then roped a single to center to plate Endris and Chatham scored the insurance run on a groundout by Austin Langham.
Colyn O’Connell inherited two on with no outs against the Canes in the bottom of the eighth, but dealt two strikeouts and a flyout, allowing just one run to cross to keep the Owls on top.
Ragsdale forced two groundouts to Chatham before a flyout to Endris ended the battle to hand Miami just its sixth loss of the year.