May 10, 2007
Despite out-hitting Bethune-Cookman University 16-10 on Thursday night, Florida Atlantic University suffered a 6-5 loss. The teams combined for seven home runs in the contest which led to 10 of the games 11 runs.
After going down in order in the first inning, Angel Negron hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the Wildcats (30-22) a 1-0 lead. The Owls (30-20) would erase it in the bottom of the frame with their sixth back-to-back homers of the year. Justin Martin stepped to the plate to start the inning and delivered the ball over the left field fence followed by a towering shot by William Block. The sophomore now carries a team-leading 15 homers on the year. Nick Arata put the Owls up 3-1 with a solo shot in the frame.
FAU starter Joel Schmal (4-1) was able to hold the FAU lead at two and did not allow another hit to B-CU until the fifth inning. The left hander ran into trouble in the sixth inning as he gave up a leadoff double. After recording the next two outs, Luis Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to deep centerfield to tie the contest.
Schmal was not able to regain his composure as he issued a walk and a single before Chris Brown hit the third homer of the night for Bethune-Cookman, a three-run shot over the left field fence. Schmal suffered the loss after 6 2/3 innings. He gave up six runs on nine hits and struck out five. Brandon Cooney and Andrew Tomlin worked out of the bullpen and only allowed one hit.
The Owls rallied with a run in the seventh on a Daniel Bomback solo and the only run not to come on a home run was in the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Travis Ozga reached on a double and came around to score on a Daniel Cook single but the Owls could not make up a three-run deficit to drop the second straight contest to Bethune-Cookman.
Francisco Rodrgiuez (9-3) earned the win after 6 1/3 innings of work. The left hander allowed four runs on 12 hits and struck out three. The Wildcat offense was led by a 3-for-4 performance from Angel Negron and a three RBI effort from Chris Brown.
Robbie Widlansky paced the FAU offense with a 3-for-5 performance to raise his batting average to .429 on the year.
The three-game non-conference series will resume on Friday night with a 7 p.m. matchup. B-CU's Dustin Blackwell is expected to face FAU's Chris Salberg.
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