May 13, 2012
Little Rock, AR - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team recorded 15 hits and scored 12 runs to regain sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt Conference with a 12-8 win over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Owls scored six runs in the first inning and then trailed 8-6 before tallying six runs over their final four at-bats to win the back-and-forth contest.
The 12 runs match a conference best and the 15 hits are the most the team has recorded in a Sun Belt game this season.
FAU has a one-game lead over Arkansas State University atop the conference standings with a 17-8 league record. The Red Wolves fell to FIU on Sunday. Overall, the Owls take a 29-20 record into the season finale series against FIU on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m.
Junior outfielder Dylan Seigel and senior outfielder Alex Hudak led the offensive attack with four hits each. Junior outfielder Nathan Pittman drove in four runs, including a game-tying two-run home run in the sixth inning. The Owls were down 8-6 before Pittman's second home run of the season to right field.
Seigel gave FAU a 9-8 lead in the seventh inning with a single to left field to score junior first baseman Mark Nelson. Pittman's sacrifice fly later scored junior outfielder Corey Keller in the seventh inning.
Junior reliever Michael Sylvestri picked up his first win of the season, tossing 3.1 innings.
Senior right hander R.J. Alvarez notched his eighth save of the season with two scoreless innings in relief. He lowered his season earned run average to 0.53.
Junior third baseman Kyle Newton started the scoring in the six-run first inning with a base hit to center field to plate senior infielder Mike Albaladejo. Nelson would drive in two runs with a double to give the Owls a quick 3-0 advantage. Later, Pittman drew a bases-loaded walk before Albaladejo capped the frame with a two-run single to left field.
UALR (26-25, 12-15 Sun Belt) scored all eight of its runs in the fourth inning and took an 8-6 lead on Nick Rountree's two-run home run to right field.
Senior Day festivities will be part of the home series with FIU on Saturday, May 19. Live audio and statistics of the series can be found at www.fausports.com. For tickets contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.