May 10, 2011
Fort Myers, Fla. - A change of direction on a ground ball changed the course of events for the Florida Atlantic University baseball team, leading to a 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.
The Owls improve to 28-19 on the season and will begin the season's final home stand on Friday, May 13, against University of Arkansas-Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. FGCU falls to 22-27 on the season.
A ground ball by senior Andy Mee looked to be routine at first base. However, the ball changed direction to evade the defender to go into right field. Mee hustled around for a leadoff double to kick start a five-run eighth inning. The next four batters followed with hits. Mee scored on RBI single by senior second baseman Raymond Church to cut a 3-1 deficit in half. Senior first baseman Dan Scheffler tied the game by driving in sophomore outfielder Nathan Pittman on a double. Junior outfielder Alex Hudak gave the Owls a 5-3 advantage, driving in Church and Scheffler on his second double of the contest. He later scored on a single by senior third baseman Sean Bukovich.
The Owls tallied six of their nine-hit came in the eighth inning.
Mee pitched a perfect eighth inning and junior reliever Hugh Adams recorded his Sun Belt Conference-leading ninth save by retiring all three batters faced in the ninth inning.
FAU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a double to right field by Hudak to plate Church, who led off the frame with a walk.
The lead was short lived as FGCU's Sean Dwyer grounded out to second base to score Tim Roberson in the bottom half of the fourth inning. The Eagles grabbed the lead with a two-run fifth inning. Roberson singled home Mikel Alvarez and Brandon Bednar scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Reeves.
FAU senior reliever Taylor Everist picked up his first win of the season, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings. The right hander struck out both batters faced in the sixth inning after entering the game with the bases-loaded and one out.
Hudak paced the offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Bukovich rounded out the multiple hit efforts with two hits and a RBI. Mee, Pittman, Church, Scheffler each had one hit.
FGCU's Roberson and Bednar had two hits as the Eagles tallied nine hits. Reliever Craig Crumbly suffered the loss, dropping to 0-3 on the season by allowing four runs and four hits in the four batters faced in the eighth inning.
The win marks the first time that the Owls had won when trailing after seven innings. It has is the fifth win on the road for the team.
Broadcast details of Friday's game can be found at www.fausports.com. 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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