April 22, 2007
The Florida Atlantic University baseball team lost the final game of its three game series to the University of New Orleans on Sunday.
The Owls (26-16, 8-13 Sun Belt) fell behind early when the Privateers (27-13, 12-6) scored four runs in the bottom of the first. Brandon Bowser grounded out to short to start the inning, but the next four UNO batters reached safely and ultimately scored. Justin Martin hit a leadoff double in the third inning and came home on a Daniel Bomback groundout, but UNO responded with a solo homer in the home half of the inning. FAU scored again in the top of the fourth when Mike McKenna homered to lead off the inning, but the Privateers answered once more with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to push the lead back to 6-2.
UNO would apparently blow the game open in the fifth when Greg Wolfe hit a grand slam to give New Orleans a 10-2 lead after a fielding error extended the inning. A William Block double in the top of the sixth scored two runs for to cut the deficit to 10-4.
With the score 11-5, the Owls mounted a furious rally in the ninth that started with a Justin Martin single. Daniel Cook followed with a single of his own. After a Bomback flyout, Robbie Widlandsky singled to load the bases. Mike McKenna then struck out for the second out of the inning. Travis Ozga lined a single to right that plated Martin. William Block followed with a two-run double to right center that made the score 11-8. Justin Degnan hit an infield single, then advanced on a throwing error by UNO third baseman T. J. Baxter, scoring Ozga in the process. A Nick Arata strikeout ended the game.
Justin Phillabaum gave up five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings for the loss, and UNO starter Justin Garcia went six innings for the win. The Owls return home to host South Alabama for a three-game set starting Thursday, April 26. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.