Feb. 28, 2008
BOCA RATON, FL - Boca Raton's Travis Ozga led he Owls offensive attack, which included three hits, a homer and five RBI, in Florida Atlantic University's 11-6 victory over the visiting Eastern Michigan University Thursday night.
The two teams were scoreless through the first three innings. In the top of the fourth, Eastern Michigan's Aaron Powell hit a one out, two-run homer to left to give EMU their only lead at 2-0.
FAU (2-3) responded in the bottom half of the inning with five runs. The one out rally began with back-to-back singles by William Block and Mike McKenna. Ozga then hit his third homer of the season to give the Owls the lead 3-2. Aggressive base running and a two-RBI double by shortstop Nick Arata gave FAU starter Adam Morrison the ball in the top half of the inning with a 5-2 advantage.
The Eagles (0-7) would grab two more runs in the fifth and seventh, but saw FAU respond with five hits, all singles to score four runs in the bottom half of the fifth and two more runs in the sixth for the 11-6 final.
Morrison picked up his first FAU victory in his first start for the Owls after five innings of work. Morrison gave up four runs, all earned on three hits. The junior from Englewood, CO retired five via the strikeout and walked four. He gave way to senior Chris Eberhart who pitched one inning and gave up two earned runs. Freshman Nick Melendres pitched 2/3 and allowed just one hit while the game was closed out by Brett Cannon and Chris Schmitt who allowed just one hit through final two and a third innings.
Sean Hoffman took the loss for Eastern Michigan and fell to 0-2 on the season. Tim Combs pitched 2 1/3 innings while Kevin Wammes finished the game.
The two teams will return to action 6:30 p.m. Friday night at the FAU baseball stadium. The game may also be heard at www.fausports.com