Before the season started, FAU baseball coach John McCormack said his pitching staff would be the strength of the team.
After improving to 4-0 with a 2-0 shutout of Manhattan in Friday’s home opener, it is easy to see why McCormack would make that assessment.
Owls’s starter Ryan Garton pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out eight at FAU Stadium.
Garton is now 2-0 and his ERA dropped to 0.69 as he has allowed one run in 13 innings in his two starts this season. FAU's team ERA is 1.75.
“I have always felt stronger as the game goes on,” Garton said. “My adrenaline pumps a little more in the later innings.”
“He was exactly as advertised,” FAU coach John McCormack said. “He did a really nice job.”
The only concern for McCormack was the lack of run production. “We have to get better offensively,” McCormack said.
The series continues Saturday with a double header beginning at 1 p.m.
The scheduled pitching matchups are: Game 1 -- FAU Bo Logan (0-0, 27.00) vs. Kevin Bonanni (2-1, 3.65 in 2011); game 2 -- FAU Jeremy Strawn (0-0, 2.25) vs. Scott McClennan (2-2, 3.49 in 2011).