Feb. 22, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - Playing in front of the largest home crowd in school history, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team suffered its first setback of the 2011 season with a 13-2 loss to No. 1-ranked University of Florida on Tuesday evening at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
The Owls, which fell to 3-1 on the young season, will have little time to recover as they host nationally ranked University of Miami on Wednesday, February 23. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus.
A total 3,043 spectators were on hand to see the two nationally ranked teams and a rematch of the championship game of last year's NCAA Gainesville Regional. The visiting Gators, now 4-0, grabbed the early lead, scoring three unearned runs in the first inning as the Owls committed two of their four errors in the game. Florida extended the lead in the third inning on a sacrifice fly to right field by Josh Adams. And, the score grew to 6-0 on a two-out, two-run scoring double by Daniel Pigott to center field.
FAU managed to get on the scoreboard as sophomore outfielder Nathan Pittman led off the sixth inning with a home run down the right field line. The home run came in his first at-bat of the season.
The Owls' would get another leadoff home run in the seventh inning with senior designated hitter Eddie Cassidy connecting on his first home run of the season. Senior second baseman Raymond Church extended his hitting streak to 13 games across two seasons with a double in the first inning. Senior outfielders Colby Gratton and Andy Mee joined junior third baseman Joey Burkhalter and senior shortstop in contributing to FAU's seven-hit total.
Junior left-handed pitcher Josh Gonzaga suffered the loss in his first career start. His record is now 1-1 after going four innings and having a pair of strikeouts.
Florida's Preston Tucker had four hits and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Gators' offensive attack.
Live audio and statistics of the FAU-Miami game can be found at www.fausports.com. For season and individual tickets call the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.