Chris Salberg was one strikeout shy of his career high.
April 8, 2007
In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Florida Atlantic University defeated the University of Louisiana-Monroe 5-2. Chris Salberg earned a complete game victory and struck out 13. It was the second complete game of the series for the FAU pitching staff. The Owls dropped the second game of the series 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning to finish the series with a 23-12, 6-9 SBC record, while ULM stands at 20-13, 10-5 SBC.
Salberg's 13 strikeouts was one shy of his career high 14 set one week ago. The Rockford, IL native did not allow a run until the ninth inning when the Warhawks picked up two of their six hits in the inning. Ben Soignier plated both runs with a double.
The FAU offense gave Salberg a 3-0 lead in the first inning as the team picked up two hits, a hit by a pitch and reached on two errors. The team completed its scoring in the fifth inning with another two runs. Nick Arata led off the inning with his third homer of the year. With one out, Daniel Bomback doubled and Robbie Widlansky followed with an RBI single to put FAU up 5-0. Bomback finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs scored.
Florida Atlantic carried the momentum in to game two and took a 4-0 lead after two innings off starter James Stephens. Daniel Bomback and Robbie Widlansky both posted two RBI in the second and combined for five of the team's six RBI in the contest. Stephens gave up six hits and walked three in his two innings of work.
For the first time in the series, ULM scored runs in an inning other than the ninth as it responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame off FAU starter Brandon Kloess. The runs came off the bat of Ty Rollinson on a three-run homer to right field.
The Warhawks took their first lead of the series in the fifth inning after two straight groundballs with two runners on.
With the thought of a series sweep in mind, FAU tied the contest in the seventh inning on a Mike McKenna home run. The round tripper was the 11th of the season for the outfielder and ties the team-lead with Bomback.
In the ninth inning, the Owls had runners on the corners but couldn't push across the go-ahead run. The Warhawks took advantage to advantage of their opportunities and used an an error in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to win the final game of the series 7-6.
McKenna finished with a 3-for-5 performance for the Owls and was matched by ULM's leadoff hitter Andy Jones.
Brandon Cooney suffered the loss after 2 1/3 innings to fall to 2-5. He allowed two hits and struck out five. The win was awarded to A.J. Ford (5-3) after he induced a fly ball to end the FAU ninth.