FAU took advantage of Arkansas State mistakes and a rain delay of 1 hour and 27 minutes to beat the Red Wolves 6-2 Sunday in the only game to be played of three that were scheduled at FAU Baseball Stadium.
All of the Owls’ runs were unearned, as ASU committed three errors in the sixth inning that turned into five runs and broke open what had been a pitchers’ duel to that point.
The errors came right after the rain delay, which came after completion of the fifth inning and knocked both starters out of the game.
ASU’s Lee Jacob had allowed one run on two hits and FAU’s Ryan Garton had allowed one earned run and five hits and the Owls trailed 2-1.
“It is easy for the home team to lose focus in a game like this with weather delays,” said FAU coach John McCormack. “We stayed in the moment, got some timely hits and got an important victory.”
FAU improved to 13-3 in the Sun Belt and 25-14 overall and remains in first place in the conference, while the Red Wolves fell to 10-6 and 21-18.
R.J. Alvarez got the win after pitching two scoreless innings, with Ahmed Garcia getting the save with a scoreless ninth.
Mark Nelson was 2-for-4 including a two-RBI single in the decisive sixth inning.
“We just wanted to come out and score early after the second rain delay in case more rain came,” Nelson said. “I was looking for a pitch to drive and luckily it found a gap to score a couple of runs.”
Friday and Saturday’s games were postponed due to rain, and the teams were hoping to play a doubleheader Sunday, but the first game started late and the rain delay extended it beyond an Arkansas State travel deadline.
The games will not be made up.
FAU will be at Miami on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.