April 5, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast seemed to have an answer for every challenge by the Florida Atlantic University baseball team in scoring a 9-5 victory on Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton. The setback brought a season-long four-game losing streak and dropped the Owls to 17-12 on the season.
FAU will look to rebound on Friday, April 8, when it begins a three-game Sun Belt Conference series at the University of South Alabama. The visiting Eagles improve to 15-15 on the year. Both Florida rivals are scheduled for a rematch on May 10 in Fort Myers.
Florida Gulf Coast first baseman Zach Maxfield was a thorn in the Owls' side throughout the evening, hitting a two-run home run in the third inning - part of a 3-for-4 hitting performance with three runs scored. Third baseman Tim Roberson had two hits and pushed across two runs, including the team's opening tally in second inning.
Florida Atlantic countered with three runs in the home half of the third inning off starting pitcher Richard Knapp. Sophomore outfielder Nathan Pittman's single up the middle scored senior third baseman Sean Bukovich. Pittman would later come around to score on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Mike Albaladejo. Finally, a two-out single by junior outfielder Alex Hudak scored senior second baseman Raymond Church from second base to cut the deficit to 4-3.
However, the Eagles answered with two runs in the fourth inning and enjoyed a 7-3 lead after another run in the fifth frame.
FAU cut into that deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning as Hudak connected on his second home run of the season with a two-run blast off the right field foul pole to make the score 7-5. That was as close as the hosts would get as the Eagles responded yet again by pushing two runs across in their next at-bat to cap the scoring.
Hudak paced the FAU offensive attack by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Also contributing to the team's eight-hit attack were senior outfielder Andy Mee, senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice, senior designated hitter Eddie Cassidy, Church and Pittman with one hit apiece.
FAU starting pitcher Glen Troyanowski suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season after allowing one unearned run in 1.2 innings. The junior right hander permitted two hits and one strikeout in his second appearance since recovering from labrum surgery last season. Junior left hander Josh Gonzaga pitched two scoreless innings and junior right hander Hugh Adams had a perfect inning to highlight the relief pitching performances.
The Eagles' Jack Wagoner recorded the win on the mound by tossing four scoreless innings in relief. The right hander improved to 3-1 with three strikeouts and one hit allowed.
Besides Maxfield's three hits, Mike Reeves had two RBIs and two base hits while Mike Alvarez and Roberson rounded out the multiple-hit performers.
Friday's game at South Alabama is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. A broadcast and details of the game can be found at www.fausports.com. Season and individual tickets of Florida Atlantic baseball games are available by calling the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.
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