April 12, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. -McCormack on FAU's victory over UCF
Bukovich on Game winning RBI
A sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Sean Bukovich proved to be the difference in the Florida Atlantic University baseball team's come-from-behind 3-2 victory over in-state rival UCF on Tuesday evening at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton.
The Owls scored the game's last three runs to pick up their 20th victory of the season and third straight triumph. The team will take a 20-13 record into this weekend's Sun Belt Conference hom series against University of Louisiana-Monroe, starting on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.
UCF falls to 21-12 on the season.
With the game tied, 2-2, Bukovich came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. The sacrifice fly out to left field scored junior outfielder Alex Hudak with the winning run. Hudak began the rally with a one-out single up the middle. That was followed by singles by senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice and pitch hitter Eddie Cassidy.
That gave redshirt junior reliever Glen Troyanowski a chance to pick up his first win since 2009 after tossing a scoreless seventh inning. Closer senior Andy Mee bridged the gap with a scoreless eighth inning before turning it over to junior right hander Hugh Adams, who recorded his fourth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning. Starting pitcher Jake Meiers went six quality innings and recorded three strikeouts, but didn't factor in the decision.
FAU began its comeback after trailing 2-0 in the third inning. Colby Gratton's run-scoring double to right field brought home junior catcher Mike Albaladejo with a single run. It was Gratton's seventh RBI in the last two games.
DelGuidice paced the 13-hit offensive attack, going 3-for-4, while senior second baseman Raymond Church added two hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games. Every player that went to the plate recorded a base hit for FAU -- the second straight game that every starting position player had a hit. Florida Atlantic won a one-run game for the first time this spring.
UCF relief pitcher Matt Collins suffered the loss to drop to 0-1 on the season. He tossed 1.1 innings and allowing two hits, including the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Starting pitcher Chase Bradford scattered seven hits and allowed two runs in four innings.
The Knights had two base hits after the fourth inning and were led by Jonathan Griffin's home run off Meiers in the second inning. Chris Taladay and Beau Taylor each had two hits for the visitors.
FAU and UCF are scheduled to have a rematch next Tuesday in Orlando.
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