FAU went into the series at Arkansas State hoping to at least not lose ground to conference leader Troy.
But the Red Wolves beat the Owls 7-3 Sunday to take the series 2-1, and FAU (24-16, 11-7 Sun Belt), which trailed Troy by one game going into the weekend, is now three games behind the Trojans (30-10, 14-4), who won Sunday to earn a sweep over Western Kentucky.
FAU hosts Troy in a three-game series that begins Friday.
FAU lost to ASU 2-1 Friday on a Red Wolves home run in the eighth, and rebounded with a 5-3 win Saturday, as designated hitter Joey Burkhalter went 4-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored.
Sunday the Owls had a 3-2 lead midway through the second inning, but the Red Wolves (19-24, 7-11), who were tied for last place in the Sun Belt at 5-10 at the start of the series, rallied to score two runs in each of the next two innings, while the Owls offense went cold.
The Red Wolves made the Owls pay for an error in the first inning by shortstop Nick Delguidice, as they scored two unearned runs.
Starter R.J. Alvarez (5-3) took the loss after allowing two earned runs on three hits in three innings. Alvarez struggled with his control, as he walked four, threw two wild pitches and hit one batter.
FAU is off until Friday, when the Trojans come to FAU Stadium. It's a must-win series for the Owls if they want to stay in contention for the Sun Belt regular season title.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun