WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida Atlantic University scored 10 runs in the first three innings Wednesday night on its way to a 15-6 baseball victory over the University of Maine.
The Owls (12-6) scored five times in the first inning to take the lead for good and never looked back.
Jon Salcedo singled twice and drove in a run to pace UMaine, while Scott Heath of Westbrook doubled and singled and Troy Black singled twice. Sam Balzano of Portland knocked in two runs with a double while Brian Doran (triple) and Colin Gay (double) each posted an RBI.
Black Bear pitchers surrendered two home runs and five doubles among 20 hits. Ricky Santiago spearheaded the FAU hit parade with two singles and four RBIs, while C.J. Chatham plated three runs with two singles and Cain Spangler collected a double and three singles with two RBIs.
Billy Endris contributed a double, two singles and an RBI and Brendon Sanger singled three times and drove in a run.
Left-hander Brandon Rhodes earned the win for the Owls, giving up six hits and three runs, all unearned, in five innings.
UMaine sophomore right-hander Jake Marks (0-2) was unable to get out of the first inning. He walked Endris, then gave up singles by Stephen Kerr and Sanger before walking Tyler Rocklein to force in the first run.
Santiago grounded into a run-producing double play, but Marks hit Esteban Puerta with a pitch, Spangler stroked an RBI single and Kevin Abraham walked, which spelled the end for Marks. Chatham greeted reliever Logan Fullmer with a two-run single to make it 5-0.
The Owls added two runs in the second inning and tacked on five in the third to build a 10-3 advantage.
UMaine returns to action Friday against Northwestern at Winter Haven, Fla.
Salve Regina 13, Husson 3
At MIddletown, R.I., Grace Kelly scored three first-half goals to spark Salve Regina (2-2) to an 8-0 lead en route to the win over Husson (0-4).
Caitlyn Stauffer, Abi Staab and Mattie Russell each scored a second-half goal for Husson. With her goal, Stauffer reached the 100-point milestone for the Eagles with 84 goals and 16 assists.
Husson goalie Kaitlin Dollof made 10 saves and Salve Regina’s Josephine O’Reilly finished with nine.