March 15, 2011
Coral Gables, Fla. - University of Miami starting pitcher Stephen Ewing struck out eight batters and allowed just two hits in six innings to lead the Hurricanes past the Florida Atlantic University baseball team 7-3 on Tuesday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables.
The Owls will take a 11-7 record into beginning defense of last year's Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship when they open league play with a three-game series against South Florida rival FIU on Friday, March 18. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Miami improves to 9-8 on the season and avenged an earlier loss to FAU.
Florida Atlantic scored all three of its runs in the top of the third inning to cut an early deficit to 4-3. Senior third baseman Sean Bukovich drew a leadoff walk that was followed by a base hit by Colby Gratton. Then, senior second baseman Raymond Church laid down a successful sacrifice bunt in an attempt to move the base runners into scoring position. Miami's Ewing threw wide of third base in an attempt to get Bukovich out. He would score on the mistake, along with Gratton, while Church hustled around to third base on the play. Junior catcher Mike Albaladejo followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Church.
The host Hurricanes scored four runs in the first inning to grab early momentum. Three of those four runs were unearned as FAU committed two errors in the frame.
Later in the bottom of the fourth inning, Miami broke the game open with a one-out triple by Michael Broad scoring Harold Martinez and Shane Rowland. Broad would later come around to score on Zeke DeVoss' sacrifice fly to left field. That gave the Hurricanes the decisive 7-3 advantage.
FAU starting pitcher Jake Meiers suffered the loss, dropping his record to 1-3 on the season. The sophomore allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings with three strikeouts. Junior left hander Ahmed Garcia tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and junior right hander Hugh Adams had a perfect eighth inning in relief.
Senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice and Gratton recorded the only two hits for FAU on the evening.
Martinez had two of Miami's seven hits and scored a pair of runs to pace the team's offensive attack.
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