March 2, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's baseball team dropped the first game of a four-game series to Princeton University, 11-4, Friday.
Princeton got on the board first with three singles and a sacrifice in the first. The Tigers would add two in the fifth and two more runs were charged to FAU starter Ryan Garton. The senor suffered his first loss of the young season after facing 27 batters, allowing five runs, all earned and recording two strikeouts.
The Owls pitching staff held Princeton scoreless in the second through fourth innings but couldn't get the bats going. Catcher Mike Spano earned the Owls first hit of the night with a lead-off single in the third, but did not advance. Alex Hudak recorded the second hit in the fourth but was stranded by back-to-back strikeouts, two of a FAU season game-high 13.
FAU would strike in the final frame drawing five walks to score three runs while third baseman Kyle Newton was credited with a single and an RBI accounting for the fourth run.
In all, FAU used five pitchers each allowing a run. Josh Gonzaga was the first out of the pen. He received an inning of work, allowed two runs and struck out one. Julian Loret DeMola made his third appearance of the year and recorded one strike out to no walks, but allowed a run. Brett Nizamoff appeared for the second time, struck out two and allowed a run in 2/3 innings. Senior Mike Tomasi finished the game for FAU with one inning in his first outing of 2012 but, gave up a three-run homer, two credited to him. The staff walked three batters in a traditional fashion but also hit five.
The two teams will be back in action 1 p.m. Saturday for a scheduled double-header.