April 24, 2010
MONROE, LA – The Florida Atlantic baseball team split a doubleheader with ULM on Saturday afternoon from Warhawk Field.
The Owls were able to pull out an 8-7 victory in game one, but could not capitalize in game two, falling 6-5. The Owls have now played five straight games that have been decided by one run, dating back to last Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of WKU.
In game one, Nick DelGuidice gave FAU the early lead in the second inning with his sixth home run of the season. The solo shot over the left field wall gave the Owls a 1-0 lead. The shortstop delivered again in the fifth, with the Owls trailing 6-4, Delguidice lifted a two-run home run to tie the game at 6-6. The shortstop went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader and reached base safely seven times in nine trips to the plate.
FAU continued to battle and took the lead in the sixth on Anthony Mesa’s fourth home run of the season, a solo blast that put the Owls on top 7-6.
After Hugh Adams gave up an unearned run in the seventh which tied the game at 7-7, Ryan Bernal (4-0) came on and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless, hitless relief to give FAU a chance at the late inning win.
That rally for the Owls (24-15, 13-7) would occur in the eighth, when Nathan Pittman singled to lead off the inning. The next batter, Raymond Church, doubled deep into the gap in right-center, which allowed the speedy Pittman to score all the way from first and propelled FAU to the 8-7 lead.
Andy Mee came on in the ninth and pitched a scoreless frame to earn his ninth save of the season.
In game two, ULM was able to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off single by Judd Edwards that scored Caleb Clowers and lifted the Warhawks to a 6-5 victory.
Mike Gipson (6-1, 2.91) started the game for FAU and was shaky while earning a no decision. The right-hander allowed six hits and five earned runs in 6.2 innings with four walks and eight strikeouts.
Andy Mee, Eddie Cassidy and Nick DelGuidice each had two hits in the second game of the twin bill.
The series will conclude on Sunday morning with RHP R.J. Alvarez (2-1, 4.91) starting for FAU. RHP Jordy Poche (3-3, 7.05) will get the nod for ULM. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. eastern from Warhawk Field.