June 4, 2010
GAINESVILLE, FL (June 4, 2010) - Day one of the NCAA Tournament proved unsuccessful for the Florida Atlantic University baseball team as the Owls fell 6-4 to Oregon State in the first game of the Gainesville Regional on Friday at McKethan Stadium.
The Owls (35-23) have now lost three games in a row dating back to last week's Sun Belt Tournament and are now one loss away from the end of their season.
The Beavers (32-22) got off to a solid start in the second when Tyler Smith connected on his second home run of the season. The two-run shot off FAU starter Mike Gipson gave Oregon State a 2-0 lead.
Gipson was touched up again in the fourth when Oregon State had four straight base hits and scored four runs to take a 6-0 lead.
FAU finally got on the board in the sixth when Nick DelGuidice hit a two-run blast off OSU starter Greg Peavey to bring the Owls within 6-2.
Peavey pitched in and out of trouble all day and scattered nine hits in 6.1 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. The home run by Delguidice were the only runs allowed by the right-hander.
In the eighth, Dan Scheffler and Eddie Cassidy cut the lead in half with back-to-back home runs. It marked only the second time this season that the Owls have hit back-to-back jacks, with the last time coming back on May 9 in a 6-3 win over South Alabama.
The home run for Scheffler was his first since that May 9 victory over the Jaguars and his team-leading 15th of the season.
The Owls will be back in action tomorrow when they play the loser of the game between Florida and Bethune-Cookman. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. from McKethan Stadium. The game can be heard live on www.fausports.com.