April 19, 2011
Orlando, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team had its six-game winning streak snapped with a 12-0 loss to UCF on Tuesday evening at Jay Bergman Field in Orlando, Fla.
The Owls stand 23-14 on the season and will resume Sun Belt Conference action on Friday, April 22, at Arkansas State University, starting at 7 p.m. UCF improves to 23-14 overall. The two in-state rivals split their two meetings this season.
The Knights grabbed early momentum by scoring three runs in the second inning off FAU starting pitcher Jake Meiers. Derek Luciano lined a double to score Chris Taladay. Then, Erik Hempe and Luciano came around to score on a two-run single by Ryan Breen.
UCF added a solo home run by Jonathan Griffin an inning later before the hosts broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning, adding four more runs in the fifth inning and capped the scoring with one run in the seventh inning.
Senior second baseman Raymond Church saw his 17-game come to an end with an 0-for-4 night.
This wasn't a game in which FAU didn't have any chances to score. In fact, the team stranded two runners in scoring position in the third inning and left the bases loaded in the fourth inning. UCF starting pitcher Ray Hanson escaped without surrendering a run each time. Hanson improved to 3-1 on the season with six shutout innings.
Meiers suffered the loss, allowing four runs in three innings to drop to 2-4 on the spring campaign.
The Knights' D.J. Hicks went 3-for-5 with six RBIs to pace a 16-hit attack. Jonathan Griffin added two hits with two runs driven in.
A broadcast and details of Friday'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.