Feb. 17, 2007
the program's 1500th game, Florida Atlantic University defeated no. 17 Oklahoma State University at FAU Stadium 9-6. The Owls scored runs in each of the first six innings and Mickey Storey struck out a career-high 12 batters as the Owls improve to 8-0 on the year. The Cowboys suffered their first loss of to fall to 4-1.
Storey (3-0) struggled in the first three innings as he allowed five runs on eight hits. The junior then found a grove after making some adjustments and only faced two over the minimum in the next four innings. In that span he recorded six of his strikeouts.
In the meantime the FAU offensive slowly plugged away at the lead. Mike McKenna posted the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the first and Daniel Cook added a two-out RBI of his own in the second inning with his second homer of the season.
An FAU rally in the third chased OSU starter Oliver Odle from the contest after 2 1/3 innings. William Block led off the third with his third homer of the year. Daniel Bomback followed with a single before Robbie Widlansky drove home a run with a triple. McKenna posted his second RBI of the night with a double and one of FAU's five extra base hits.
"It is good to see that when our pitcher got knocked around and we needed a hit we responded," said FAU Head Coach Kevin Cooney. "The first three weeks of the season our hitters have responded to the challenge each time."
The FAU offense has come to the plate in 65 innings and has produced runs 40 times.
Four more runs in the next three innings gave FAU the lead and Mickey Storey held the Cowboys in check. Chris Salberg entered in the eighth inning to work the final 1 1/3 innings. The senior picked up his first save by striking out two and not allowing a hit.
Justin Friend (0-1) suffered the loss for OSU in relief as he gave up three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. The 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year, Tyler Mach led the team at the plate with two hits and two RBI.
In other action at the FAU Beach Ball Bash on Saturday, La Salle took a doubleheader from Ball State with scores of 4-2, 11-5.
The Owls will play the final game of the tournament on Sunday. La Salle will square off with FAU at 2 p.m. after OSU takes on Ball State at 10 a.m.