April 30, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL – The Florida Atlantic baseball team pulled out another dramatic one-run victory on Friday night, defeating Arkansas State 3-2 to take game one of the three-game series. FAU improves to 9-3 in one-run games this season.
The Owls (27-15, 15-7) took an early lead in the first inning when Dan Scheffler added to his team lead in RBI with a run-scoring single to give FAU a 1-0 edge.
Sean Bukovich continued his hot streak in the second with his third home run in as many games. Bukovich has recorded seven hits in his past three games since being placed into the starting lineup on Sunday in the series finale against ULM.
The Red Wolves (23-18, 12-7) mounted a two-out rally in the fourth to get on the board. Ryan Emery had the big hit for ASU, an RBI single to score Jordan Castaldo and bring the Red Wolves within 2-1.
FAU responded in the fourth with a run of their own. Anthony Mesa led off the inning with a walk then eventually came around to score on a wild pitch by Arkansas State starter Andy Ferguson to put the Owls ahead 3-1.
Ryan Garton (5-1) pitched another brilliant outing at home for FAU, pitching seven solid innings and giving up four hits and one earned run with two walks and two strikeouts en route to his fifth victory of the season.
After Ryan Bernal pitched a scoreless eighth, Andy Mee came on for the save in the ninth. The closer walked the first two batters he faced, then after retiring the next two, Michael Faulkner lifted a routine fly ball to left field that got caught up in the lights and was misplayed by Colby Gratton.
However, the left fielder recovered and threw a strike to Mike Albaladejo who made the tag on the hustling Jordan Kimball to end the game and secure the victory for FAU.
Mee picked up his 10th save in the dramatic ending.
The series will continue on Saturday with RHP Mike Gipson (6-1, 3.27) getting the start for FAU. Arkansas State’s starter is still too be determined. First pitch scheduled for 4:00 p.m.