April 17, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - With runs being a premium, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team relied on pitching and timely hitting to complete a three-game Sun Belt Conference series sweep of University of Louisiana at Monroe with a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton.
The Owls have now won six straight games for the third time this season and improve to 23-13 overall and 10-5 in league action. ULM falls to 17-17 and 5-10 in conference play. FAU returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 19, against in-state rival UCF at 6:30 p.m. in Orlando.
The lead increased to 2-0 on a RBI single by junior catcher Mike Albaladejo through the left side of the infield that once again plated Bukovich.
Starting pitcher R.J. Alvarez worked around two bases-loaded situations with no outs in the second and third innings. The sophomore right hander buckled down and did not allow a run in five innings of work to improve to 5-2 on the season. The visiting Warhawks cut FAU's lead in half with a solo home run to right field by Joey Rapp.
However, the Owls got the run right back in the eighth inning on sophomore first baseman Mike Spano's first home run of the season.
Junior right hander Hugh Adams pitched two scoreless innings in relief to record his sixth save of the season. Senior right hander Andy Mee tossed the sixth and seventh innings to bridge the gap between Alvarez and Adams.
FAU pitching allowed five runs in the three-game sweep of ULM.
Senior second baseman Raymond Church extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Bukovich also had three singles, along with scoring the first two runs, while Albaladejo added two hits on the afternoon. ULM starting pitcher Kendall Thamm suffered the hard-luck loss, allowing two runs in five innings. The left hander falls to 0-2 on the season. The visitors were led by Rapp's two hits, while Les Aulds added two hits to round out the Warhawks' eight-hit day.
Florida Atlantic has now swept two Sun Belt Conference opponents this season, winning three games from Middle Tennessee in March. The team has also won eight straight league home games after losing the Sun Belt Conference opener to FIU. FAU has home conference series coming up against league-leader Troy University, April 29 to May 1, and Arkansas-Little Rock, May 13-15
A broadcast and details of Tuesday's game can be found at www.fausports.com. Season and individual tickets of Florida Atlantic baseball are available by calling the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.