Joey Burkhalter delivered with an eighth inning sac fly that propelled FAU to the sweep over Arkansas State with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
May 2, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL – The Florida Atlantic baseball team pulled off the sweep on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Arkansas State. The victory is the fifth in a row for FAU as they improve to 10-3 in one-run games on the season.
The Red Wolves (23-20, 12-9) took the lead for the first time in the series with a two-out RBI single by Murray Watts in the first inning. The run was un earned as FAU starter R.J. Alvarez committed a fielding error with two outs that allowed the inning to continue.
Todd Baumgartner extended the lead in the third with an RBI groundout that scored Giovanni Garcia and propelled Arkansas State in front 2-0.
The Owls (29-15, 17-7) responded in the bottom half of the inning as Eddie Cassidy delivered with a two-out bases loaded single that trickled up the middle and scored two runs to even the score at 2-2.
R.J. Alvarez (4-1) pitched well but earned a no decision. The right-hander lasted seven innings and gave up only two runs (one earned) with one walk and four strikeouts.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, FAU got the first two runners on base via a single and an error. After a sac bunt by Colby Gratton advanced the runners to second and third, reliever Ross Humes intentionally walked Nick DelGuidice to bring up a pinch hitter for the Owls.
Head coach John McCormack called on Joey Burkhalter, who had not been used yet in the series, to come in and pinch hit with the bases loaded and one out. The utility infielder delivered with a sac fly to center which scored the go-ahead run in Andy Mee and gave the Owls their first lead of the game at 3-2.
After pitching a scoreless eighth, Ryan Bernal stayed in to throw a perfect ninth and close out the victory. Bernal (5-1) retired all six batters he faced and earned his fifth win of the season.
The Owls will be back in action on Tuesday when they wrap up a five game home stand with a non-conference matchup against in-state rival UCF. First pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadiu