April 25, 2008
BOCA RATON, FL - Travis Ozga hit a grand slam and matched a season-high with five RBI to help six-time NCAA Regional qualifiers' Florida Atlantic University (24-16; 11-6 SBC) remain in the hunt for the Sun Belt Conference championship.
Florida Atlantic did what is does best Friday night: score lots of runs at FAU Stadium. The Owls scored 12 times in the first four innings off Hilltopper lefty Bart Carter en route to beating Western Kentucky University 12-6.
Mickey Storey (3-4) had 10 strikeouts- a season-high- and ran his home record to 3-1. Storey's home ERA is 3.89 in six starts- compared to a 0-3 mark and 13.78 ERA on the road.
David Wilson went 2-for-3, including an RBI single that was part of a three-run FAU second-inning that put the Owls up 3-2.
Western Kentucky (23-18; 10-9 SBC) hit three early home runs. Chad Cregar hit his league-leading 16th - a solo shot in the third that tied the game at three apiece.
Carter (4-4) ran into trouble in the third, walking in the go-ahead run and Ozga followed with a first-pitch slam over the left field fence and FAU led for good, 8-3.
Senior Alex Silversmith had three hits including a run-scoring double during a four-run FAU fourth inning that ended Carter's night. Carter allowed 12 runs on 10 hits while walking four.
12 runs in four innings was more than enough support for Storey who pitched eight complete frames to win for the first time in five starts.
GAME NOTES: FAU upped its team batting average to .345 at FAU Stadium and is now 18-8 overall at home. Freshman Sean Bukovich made a diving catch of a Wade Gaynor line drive in the fifth- it was the fifth start at third base for Bukovich and fourth in four games. Storey's eight innings matched a team and personal season-high. Ozga last had five-RBI versus Eastern Michigan Feb. 28.