April 23, 2011
Jonesboro, Ark. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team finally got the key hit in a scoring situation and it paved the way for a 5-3 victory on Saturday evening that evened this weekend's Sun Belt Conference series against Arkansas State University at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.
The Owls improve to 24-15 on the season and 11-6 in Sun Belt Conference action. The win broke a two-game losing streak and kept the team in the hunt to defend the conference's regular-season title. The RedWolves fall to 18-24 overall and 6-11 in league play. The two teams will wrap up the series on Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
With the game tied 3-3 in the eighth inning, Nick DelGuidice lined a base hit over a drawn-in infield to score Raymond Church with what proved to be the game-winning run. The team would add an insurance run in the frame when junior outfielder Alex Hudak scored as senior pitch hitter Eddie Cassidy ground into a double play.
Junior reliever Hugh Adams would come in to record the final five outs for his Sun Belt Conference-leading seventh save of the season. FAU relievers combined to toss three scoreless innings after starting pitcher Paul Davis allowed three runs over the first six innings.
Designated hitter Joey Burkhalter had a career-high four hits on the afternoon to pace the Owls' 11-hit attack. Church and DelGuidice each had two hits to round out the team's multiple-hit efforts.
Burkhalter's first triple of the season plated DelGuidice with FAU's first run of the second inning. The junior would later score on a RBI groundout by sophomore outfielder Nathan Pittman, putting the visitors on top 2-0 early against ASU starting pitcher Brad Allen.
Arkansas State would come back to take a 3-2 advantage in the fourth inning. Logan Uxa's triple to deep center field brought home Todd Baumgartner and Jordan Castaldo. Uxa would later score on a RBI groundout by Tyler Smith. That would be all the scoring for the RedWolves as Davis closed the door on any potential rallies, including a based-loaded situation in the sixth inning.
FAU tied the game, 3-3, in the fifth inning when Church's ground ball through the left side of the infield scored senior outfielder Andy Mee from second base.
Junior reliever Glen Troyanowski and sophomore Jake Meiers each tossed two-third of an inning to bridge the gap until Adams entered after Dustin Jones doubled with one out in the eighth inning. He proceeded to get a strike out and a fly out to left field to end the threat. Then, the RedWolves had the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning after a leadoff double by Ryan Emery. However, Baumgartner flew out to deep left-center field that was caught by Pittman. Emery tried to catch the FAU defense off guard by advancing to third base with one out in the inning. However, Pittman threw a strike to senior third baseman Sean Bukovich for a double play. A fly out to left field ended the game.
Meiers picked up the victory to improve to 3-4 on the season.
Allen suffered the loss to drop to 2-4 on the spring season, allowing five runs in seven innings. He had six strikeouts and scattered nine hits. Michael Faulker and Uxa each had two hits to lead the RedWolves' 10-hit offensive attack.
A broadcast and details of Sunday'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.