April 6, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL – The Florida Atlantic baseball team could not keep down the Miami offensive attack as the #9 Hurricanes pounded 12 hits en route to an 8-5 victory over FAU on Tuesday night.
The Hurricnaes (21-7, 10-2) took the early lead with a sacrifice fly by Scott Lawson in the top of the first inning. Frankie Ratcliff, who drew a walk to lead off the game, came in to score to give Miami a 1-0 lead.
Yasmani Grandal tacked on two more runs with his fourth home run of the season in the third inning, a line drive shot over the right field wall to put Miami ahead 3-0.
Another home run for Miami in the fourth off the bat of Frankie Ratcliff, a three-run shot, gave the Hurricanes a commanding 6-0 lead. Ratcliff finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. T
aylor Everist (2-5) looked strong through the first two innings, but home runs allowed in his final two frames sent the right-hander to his sixth loss of the season. Everist lasted four innings and gave up six runs off seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Owls (16-12, 7-5) got their first run of the game off the bat of Dan Scheffler in the fourth inning. The first baseman went yard for the eighth time this season, a solo shot to straightaway centerfield to bring FAU within 6-1.
The bats for FAU woke up in the bottom of the seventh when the Owls batted around and scored four runs to cut the Miami lead to 8-5. The big hit in the inning was the Nick DelGuidice RBI double which scored two runs and chased reliever Ideen Nazario out of the game.
However, that was as close as FAU would come with E.J. Encinosa pitching 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the hold and Daniel Miranda throwing a perfect ninth to earn his first save of the season.
The Owls will be back in action on Wednesday when they play the final game of a two-game series against Miami in Coral Gables. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. from Alex Rodriguez Park.