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Florida Atlantic Sweeps America East Champs

March 1, 2009

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BOCA RATON, FL - Nick DelGuidice had four hits and four RBI and Travis Ozga added three hits as Florida Atlantic University completed a four-game sweep of America East Conference champion Stony Brook University, winning 13-9 Sunday. DelGuidice went 4-for-4 which included a bases-clearing 3-RBI double in the seventh to assure the Owls of its sixth win in seven games this season.

Florida Atlantic (6-1) pounded out 18 extra-base hits in the sweep over Stony Brook. The Owls have scored 73 runs in its seven games this year and are hitting .319 as a team.

Stony Brook (0-4) - a 2008 NCAA Regional team - saw each position player in the lineup register a hit Sunday. The Seawolves threatened in the first inning and Rob Dyer's two-out single with the bases loaded plated a pair of runs to give SBU a 3-0 lead after one half-inning.

With FAU trailing by three runs in the third, a lead-off walk was issued to Anthony Mesa and RBI hits followed from William Block and Ozga, beginning a three-run inning for the Owls.

FAU freshman lefty Brent Adheen started and was pulled in the top of the fourth with the game even 3-3. Adheen threw 49 pitches, allowing five hits and three runs.

A 66-minute rain delay halted the action in the bottom of the fourth. When play resumed four-straight FAU batters reach base on Stony Brook reliever Nick Tropeano. A two-RBI single from Ozga was followed by RBI hits by Nick DelGuidice and David Wilson - all off Tropeano.

When the fourth inning finally ended, a tie game had been transformed into an 8-3 lead in favor of FAU. SBU starter Jonathan Kalkau (0-1) would be the pitcher of record for the Seawolves.

Chris Schmitt (2-0) relieved Adheen in the fourth and returned after the delay to work a total of three innings to pick up his second win.

Michael Tansey hit a two-run drive off Alex Pepe, part of a four-hit Stony Brook seventh inning which closed the gap to 9-7. FAU freshman Ahmed Garcia was called upon to get Pepe out of the inning and worked 2 1/3 before closer Hugh Adams appeared in the ninth.

DelGuidice's three-run double in the seventh essentially put the game and the series out of reach for Stony Brook. David Wilson added two hits and two RBI and Nick Criaris drove in two as well for FAU.

FAU returns to action on Tuesday, March 3 when they host t Lehigh University at FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

NOTES: The Owls hit .354 during the sweep of SBU... Travis Ozga went 7 of 14 (.500 BA) with six RBI in four starts over the weekend... 3B Troy Bubley homered twice and tallied 14 total bases offensively in the four games .. William Block's double in the third inning Sunday moved him into 4th all-time at FAU in doubles (44)... Sunday's game was delayed due to rain and lightning for 66 minutes in the top of the fourth inning... Senior DH Tom Hatcher missed all four games of the series with a hand injury, his return this week is likely... Stony Brook's nine runs Sunday was five more than the Seawolves had scored in the first three games combined... The FAU pitching staff saw starters' RH Mike Gipson and LH Barry Rooks throw 14 combined scoreless innings in the first two games... Gipson, Rooks and sophomore starter RH Glen Troyanowski all picked up wins... Troyanowski struck out six in six innings of work Saturday.



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