BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior Corey Keller took his turn at leading No. 23 Florida Atlantic University’s baseball team to a thrilling 6-5 victory over Towson to advance at the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
The two teams exchanged the lead three times and were tied twice. Geoff Jimenez was hit by a pitch to start the ninth inning, with the score tied at five. He stole second and moved to third on a deep fly to center field by senior first baseman Mark Nelson. Towson elected to walk Brendon Sanger to get to Keller, who had a homerun earlier in the day. Keller belted a double to left to score the game-winning run. On the day, Keller was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Hugh Adams, who entered the game in the eighth with the score tied, closed out the game to move to 3-0 on the year.
Florida Atlantic 3 North Carolina 2
Chapel Hill, NC – Ricky Santiago had the Owls’ first hit and it didn’t come until the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was a three-run homer that would eventually give Florida Atlantic University’s baseball team (42-21) a 3-2 victory over No. 1 University of North Carolina at the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
The victory saw senior Michael Sylvestri pick up the win and improve to 4-2 on the year while senior Hugh Adamsearned his 18th save of the season and his Sun Belt Conference career record 33rd save, after pitching the ninth.
Adams gave up a leadoff single only to see the base runner cut down attempting to steal second. Adams then recorded a fly out before seeing UNC grab another hit. Corey Keller, the hero of Sunday’s first game, caught the final out of the night to secure the victory for the Owls.