March 3, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's baseball team took the first of a scheduled double header versus Princeton University, 9-1, Saturday afternoon.
The day belonged to Bo Logan who earned his first victory of the 2012 season. The freshman lefty scattered four hits through six innings of work. He left the game with an 8-0 lead after he retired 13 in a row, beginning in the second, struck out six and walked just one Tiger batter.
The Owls held Princeton at bay in the first two with the Tigers leaving five men on base. On the flipside, FAU took advantage of every opportunity in the bottom of the second. Kyle Newton led off the inning with a walk. Nathan Pitman followed with a walk. Catcher Mike Spano hit his first of three hits on the day with a drive to left.
FAU added another in the bottom of the third. Mark Nelson hit a hard grounder that wasn't handled to put the inning's leadoff hitter aboard. The first baseman stole second putting him in position to score on Spano's second hit of the game, this time up the middle.
Holding a 4-0 lead the Owls sent Spano to the plate to lead-off the fifth. The junior got on base safely the third-consecutive time in as many plate appearances. He moved to second on a sacrifice by Mitch Morales. Geoff Jimenez followed with a single and Spano scored on a RBI pinch hit single by Michael Sylvestri. The runs continued with Mike Albaladejo driving in a run, Alex Hudak driving in two and later scoring on a wild pitch. The Owls would hit around but more important were the five runs to give FAU a 9-0 lead heading into the seventh.
Julian Loret de Mola took the hill for the second-consecutive night. The freshman right hander tossed the final three innings to pick up his first collegiate save. Loret de Mola gave up two hits, one unearned run and struck out two.
Spano was 3-for-4 on the day, Albaladejo was 2-for-3 and Hudak was 2-for-5 to round out the multi-hit FAU batters. The Owls combined for 10 hits on the day.
The two teams are scheduled to play the second game of the Saturday double header immediately after the first and the final game of the four-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.