Boca Raton, FL (ASU) - With a game-saving throw in the ninth inning, Florida Atlantic left fielder Colby Gratton went from goat to hero, helping the Owls (27-15, 15-17) hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves (23-18, 12-7) Friday night in the Sun Belt Conference series opener between the two teams at FAU Stadium.
Trailing 3-1, Arkansas State had runners at first and third with two outs when center fielder Michael Faulkner sent a fly ball into left field for what should have been the final out of the game. Gratton dropped the ball as it drifted toward the left field line, allowing pinch runner Taylor Clements to score from third, but picked up the miscue in time to throw out ASU's Jordan Kimball as he slid across home plate, saving the 3-2 victory for FAU.
"We had to take a chance with two outs," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "Their guy was going backward, away from home plate and we figured that might be our best bet to get the run in. He (Gratton) just put it right where the catcher could make the play."