May 1, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL – Mike Gipson threw his second complete game shutout of the season and retired the final 14 batters of the game en route to an 8-0 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
The win clinches the series victory for FAU as they have now won seven-of-eight Sun Belt series this season.
The Owls (28-15, 16-7) took an early lead in the first inning when Dan Scheffler connected on a two-out RBI single to score his Palm Beach CC counterpart Raymond Church and give FAU a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Owls were able to break through off Arkansas State starter Andres Caceres for four runs. With two outs, Dan Scheffler knocked in his second run of the game with a double to left center that plated Raymond Church and put FAU up 2-0.
The next batter, Eddie Cassidy, had the big hit, a two-run single that doubled FAU’s lead to 4-0.
After a double by Nick DelGuidice and a walk to Colby Gratton loaded the bases, Sean Bukovich worked another walk to drive in the fourth run of the inning for the Owls, and extend FAU’s lead to 5-0.
The Owls tacked on three more runs in the sixth to cap off the scoring and take a commanding 8-0 lead.
The Red Wolves (23-18, 12-7) could not muster any offense against FAU starter Mike Gipson. The right-hander pitched a brilliant complete game shutout giving up only two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Gipson (7-1) retired the final 14 batters of the game and faced just five over the minimum.
The Owls and Red Wolves will conclude the series on Sunday afternoon as FAU will go for the sweep. RHP R.J. Alvarez (3-1, 4.33) will start for the Owls. He will be opposed by RHP Jacob Lee (5-2, 3.67) for Arkansas State. First pitch scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium.