April 25, 2010
MONROE, LA – The Florida Atlantic baseball team slugged a season-high five home runs in 13-1 blowout of ULM on Sunday. Sean Bukovich was the offensive hero of the game as the switch-hitter went 4-for-4 and connected on the first two home runs of his career.
The four-hit game raised the third baseman’s average 85 points from .135 to .220.
The game only lasted through seven innings due to the 10-run rule that is in effect on Sundays during Sun Belt play.
Bukovich gave FAU the early lead with his first career home run in the second inning. The solo blast gave the Owls (25-15, 14-7) a 1-0 lead.
Eddie Cassidy added to the lead in the third with his third home run of the season. The three-run shot put FAU in front 4-0.
The Warhawks (15-24, 5-13) struck back in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run of their own. Nick Wade’s ninth of the year made the score 4-1 FAU.
However the Owls weren’t done bombing. With FAU up 5-1 in the fifth, Nick DelGuidice hit a first pitch changeup over the left field wall for a grand slam which cracked open the game at 9-1. It was Delguidice’s third home run of the series and only hit of the game.
Bukovich and Dan Scheffler each added solo home runs in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to cap off the long ball extravaganza for FAU.
Andy Mee also added three hits for FAU and Nathan Pittman added two more with two runs scored. Overall, FAU tied a season-high with 17 hits in Sunday’s blowout win.
R.J. Alvarez (3-1) pitched well and earned his third victory of the season. The freshman right-hander lasted six innings and gave up five hits and one earned run with only one walk and five strikeouts. Kevin Alexander pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the victory.
The Owls will return to Boca Raton tonight and have a couple of days off before getting back on the field on Wednesday when they play a home game against Bethune-Cookman. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. from the FAU Baseball Stadium.