June 2, 2013
Chapel Hill, NC -
Ricky Santiagohad the Owls' first hit and it didn't come until the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was a three-run homer that would eventually give Florida Atlantic University's baseball team (42-21) a 3-2 victory over No. 1 University of North Carolina at the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
The victory saw senior Michael Sylvestri pick up the win and improve to 4-2 on the year while senior Hugh Adamsearned his 18th save of the season and his Sun Belt Conference career record 31st save, after pitching the ninth.
Adams gave up a leadoff single only to see the base runner cut down attempting to steal second. Adams then recorded a fly out before seeing UNC grab another hit. Corey Keller, the hero of Sunday's first game, caught the final out of the night to secure the victory for the Owls.
The second game of the day saw Bo Logan draw his first start of the 2013 season. The sophomore gave up three hits and one run in the first but scattered two hits over the next four innings. He opened the fifth with a fly out to right, officially making it his longest outing of the 2013 season. His previous longest outing was four innings versus Troy on April 23. UNC (54-9) had a one out double followed by a single to setup a first and third situation. A sac fly plated UNC's second run of the game.
Freshman Kyle Millerbegan the sixth by giving up back-to-back singles. He was on the front end of a double play to cut down the potential runner trying to score from third and ended a scoreless sixth with a fly out to left.
Mitch Morales reached first in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a walk. Two outs later UNC issued back-to-back walks to load the bases. A deep fly to left center by Tyler Rockleinended FAU's threat.
Alex Kojibegan the seventh but was relieved by Sylvestri with no outs and two on. A double play and a deep fly to right stranded a UNC runner on third. Sylvestri pitched a scoreless eighth. Over his two innings of work, Sylvestri faced seven batters. He did not allow a run or a hit, struck out one, walked one and hit one.
Offensively, Mark Nelson and Rocklein added a hit each in the eighth.
The victory forces a deciding Monday night game that is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be carried by ESPN3 and ESPN106.3's Ken LaVicka will have the call on www.fausports.com.