FAU survives rally, lengthy delay to beat Jacksonville 12-7

FAU survives rally, lengthy delay to beat Jacksonville 12-7
Ground crews attempt to clear the standing water to make the field playable for the NCAA college baseball regionals championship finals at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (Cyndi Chambers/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Cody Wilson and Gunnar Lambert drove in three runs apiece, and Florida Atlantic survived a minor comeback and a major weather delay to beat Jacksonville 12-7 in an elimination game Sunday in the NCAA baseball tournament.

The Owls (42-18-1) scored five runs in the first inning, five more in the second and led 12-0 before the Dolphins (40-21) got their second hit.

Jacksonville rallied with four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh before lightning and then heavy rain halted play for 5 hours, 25 minutes. The Dolphins had runners on second and third with two outs before the stoppage. Reliever Drew Peden struck out pinch-hitter Chris Gau when play resumed.

The game took more than nine hours to complete, with the Owls ultimately advancing to play another win-or-go-home game against overall No. 1 seed and defending national champion Florida on Monday.

FAU needs to beat the host Gators twice to clinch the Gainesville Regional.

The Owls can only hope for another fast start. A day after Wilson’s RBI triple sparked a six-run first inning that helped eliminate Columbia, Wilson delivered an in-the-park home run that made it 2-0 after two batters. Lambert had a three-run homer later in the inning off starter Tyler Santana (10-2).

Wilson added an RBI single in the second and then scored on Eric Rivera’s two-run shot.

Jake Miednik (8-1) gave up two hits, five walks and four runs in five-plus innings.