Feb. 19, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, AL - Behind two home runs from senior Alex Hudak, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team completed a three-game road sweep of the University of Alabama, on Sunday, winning the final game 9-4.
Hudak got the Owls on the board first with a two-run shot, after a two-out walk to Corey Keller in the top of the 1st inning. Two more runs were added in the 2nd, also with two outs, on a fielding error by Alabama, allowing both Mark Nelson and Geoff Jimenez to score.
FAU starting pitcher Jeremy Strawn lasted four innings. But when he exited, he continued the string of 1-run outings by Owls' starters, giving the team a 4-1 lead.
An additional 5th-inning run loomed large for the visitors. Kyle Newton's single plated Keller, who had reached on a leadoff single, for the Owls' fifth run. Alabama cut it to 5-4 with a three-run home run by Kenny Roberts in the bottom of the inning
Jimenez added an RBI double down the right field line in the 7th, scoring Newton and making it 6-4.
In the meantime, reliever R.J. Alvarez fulfilled his stopper role with scoreless ball in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings, giving up only one hit and one walk, while striking out two.
The Owls got all the insurance they needed in the top of the 8th inning, on Hudak's second homer of the day, a towering shot to right field that followed inning-opening singles by Nathan Pittman and Keller.
Left-hander Josh Gonzaga closed out things with a 1-2-3 9th to give FAU the 9-4 victory. Alvarez was credited with the win.
Catcher Mike Albaladejo had his third-straight three-hit game of the series, and finished the road trip 9-for-15 at the plate. The 3-0 Owls will next be in action on Friday at 6:30 p.m. when they play host to Manhattan in Boca Raton, in the first of four games.