April 10, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Florida Atlantic baseball team overcame a season-high four errors and scored three runs in the ninth inning to break a tie and defeat New Orleans 9-6 on Friday night at Maestri Field.
"It was a tough game," said head coach John McCormack. "I'm glad we came out on the right end of it."
The Owls (17-13, 8-5) had another strong effort from the middle of the order as Andy Mee and Dan Scheffler combined to go 5-for-9 with four runs scored and three RBI. Eddie Cassidy, who hit fifth, drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning to score Scheffler. The base hit was Cassidy's only of the night.
R.J. Alvarez (2-1) earned the win by pitching 4.2 innings of relief. The freshman gave up two runs (one earned) with no walks and six strikeouts. Alvarez came in to relieve starter Ryan Garton, who gave up seven hits and four earned runs in only 3.1 innings of work.
"He came in and did a great job for us," said McCormack of Alvarez's outing. "He kept them at bay and kept us in striking distance. The Privateers (9-19, 1-12) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Michael Petello came around to score after a throwing error by first baseman Dan Scheffler.
FAU responded however in the top of the third, on the Raymond Church RBI double which plated Nick DelGuidice and tied the game at 1-1.
After FAU scored one in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead, New Orleans struck for three in the bottom half of the inning that chased starter Ryan Garton out of the game.
The Owls bats responded in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs of their own to retake a one-run lead.
However, two runs for UNO in the bottom half of the inning gave the Privateers the lead again at 6-5. Church's RBI groundout in the sixth tied the game again at 6-6. That was the last of the scoring until FAU broke the game open with a three-run ninth.
The back-and-forth affair featured three ties and six lead changes as FAU snapped a four game losing streak with the victory.
The Owls will continue the series tomorrow in game two. RHP Mike Gipson (5-1, 3.09) will start for FAU. He will be opposed by RHP John Pivach (0-3, 6.470 will start for New Orleans. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. eastern from Maestri Field.