March 23, 2009
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University shook off a long road trip by beating visiting North Dakota State University 7-3 Monday night at FAU Stadium. After its offense posted four runs in the first inning the Owls would have seven different pitchers contribute to the win.
It was the only scheduled Monday night game this season for Florida Atlantic (14-6). The Owls had traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee over the weekend for a three-game weekend series against Sun Belt Conference rival MTSU, returning to Boca Raton late Sunday night.
North Dakota State (6-11) was playing the final game of a 10-game South Florida road trip. The Bison had won five straight. Their Wednesday game against Concordia Moorhead in Fargo has already been snowed out.
After FAU struck for four quick runs off NDSU starter Colby Togetti (0-3), sidewinder Mark Reis limited the Owls to just two runs in six-plus innings before leaving in the eighth.
Reis had allowed the Bison a chance at a comeback and the NDSU offense was threatening in the seventh when senior lefty Alex Pepe (2-0) was summoned from the FAU bullpen. Pepe struck out two and induced an inning-ending groundball to get the Owls out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam.
With FAU still leading 5-3 in the eighth, two errors and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases against Pepe once again, this time with two outs. Another groundball would get Pepe out of the inning and eventually earn him credit as the winning pitcher of record.
Florida Atlantic returns to action Wednesday night March 25, hosting No. 2 University of Miami at FAU Stadium.
GAME NOTES: It was the only scheduled game the Owls will play this year on a Monday... OF David Wilson (.358 BA) and DH Tom Hatcher (.339 BA) continued their hot hitting... LH Alex Pepe lowered his ERA to 2.70 which is best on the FAU staff.. Right-handed closer Hugh Adams worked a perfect ninth... LH Nick Melendres started and pitched two innings of three-hit baseball... FAU had 16 hits to up its season average to .330 as a team... The Owls are hitting .335 with runners on base and .331 with RISP and have 50 two-out RBI this season.