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Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader with Troy

April 30, 2011

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McCormack on winning the second game of the Troy series

The Florida Atlantic University baseball team pounded a season-high 21 hits in the nightcap as the Owls split a doubleheader with Sun Belt Conference leader Troy University on Saturday afternoon at the FAU Baseball Stadium in Boca Raton.

The Owls picked up a 15-9 victory after dropping the opener from Friday's suspended game 9-7 to the visiting Trojans.

FAU stands 25-18 on the season and 12-8 in league play, while nationally ranked Troy is 31-12 overall and has a 15-5 mark in conference action. The two teams will decide the winner of the weekend series on Sunday, May 1, starting at 1 p.m.

The hits and runs came frequently early for the Owls in the nightcap. A first-inning single by senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice drove in senior outfielder Colby Gratton and senior first baseman Dan Scheffler. The lead would grow to 8-0 in the second inning as six consecutive FAU batters reached safely against Troy starting pitcher Ryan Sorce. Gratton started the scoring barrage with a two RBI hit. Then, Scheffler and junior outfielder Alex Hudak followed with run-scoring singles. The team sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning.

After Troy scored twice in the third inning, Gratton scored his third run of the game on a double by Hudak down the left field line. Gratton would finish with four runs scored, had four base hits and tied a school record with three stolen bases.

The hosts added three runs in the fourth inning to build a 12-2 advantage. Junior starting pitcher Paul Davis took care of the rest, tossing six quality innings to improve his record to 8-1 on the season - and 6-0 at the FAU Baseball Stadium. The right hander struck out five batters and scattered seven hits and allowed four runs.



Junior left hander Josh Gonzaga and sophomore right hander Jake Meiers tossed the final three innings to preserve the victory.

FAU concluded the scoring with two runs in the seventh and one run in the eighth inning.

Individually, Mee legged out three doubles to tie Gratton with four hits in the second game. DelGuidice collected three hits and had two RBIs while senior second baseman Raymond Church, Hudak and Scheffler rounded out the multiple-hit efforts.

Troy's Blake Martz anchored the team's 12-hit attack with a 2-for-4 performance and three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Tyler Hannah, T.J. Rivera and Kyle Brown each had two hits in the game.

In the opener, FAU rallied from a 9-3 deficit to bring the tying run to the plate in the eighth and ninth innings, but fell short 9-7 in a game resumed in the top of the fourth inning with Troy leading 6-3.

Hudak began the rally with a two-run single through the right side of the infield against Troy starting pitcher Tyler Ray. The single scored sophomore outfielder Nathan Pittman and Church. Then, Mee lined a double to right-center field in the sixth inning to score junior catcher Mike Albaladejo. The deficit would be cut to 9-7 when Mee scored on a single by Church.

Ray picked up his conference-leading 10th win on the season, allowing four earned runs of the seven surrendered in 5.1 innings. He stands 10-0 on the season. Nathan Hill tallied his second save with 2.2 scoreless innings in relief.

The Trojans' Rivera and Hannah each three hits across the two days.

Broadcast details of Sunday's games can be found at Sunday's game will also feature Delray Beach Little League Day at the Ballpark. Season and individual tickets of Florida Atlantic baseball are available by calling the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.

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