April 28, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL – The Florida Atlantic baseball team scored five unanswered runs in the final four innings to secure an 8-4 win over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
The Wildcats (26-18) took an early lead in the top of the first when Jeremy Davis touched up FAU starter Taylor Everist for a solo home run to put the Wildcats on top 1-0.
Everist (2-6) was on a pitch count and only lasted three innings. The right-hander gave up three hits and one earned run with no walks and two strikeouts in the no decision.
The Owls (26-15) responded in the bottom of the second with two runs off three hits to take a 2-1 lead. The big hit was a Colby Gratton RBI triple which scored Nick DelGuidice and tied the game at 1-1. The next batter, Sean Bukovich, ripped a single to left to plate Gratton and give FAU a 2-1 lead.
The single by Bukovich gave the switch-hitter a base hit in five straight at bats dating back to Sunday’s 4-for-4 effort in the series finale win against ULM.
After Dan Scheffler’s 13th home run of the season put the Owls on top 3-2, B-CU came roaring back in the sixth with two runs of their own to take the lead.
With two outs and the bases empty, Ryan Durrence started the rally for Bethune with a single to right field. Peter O’Brien followed with a double down the left field line to put two runners in scoring position. The next batter, Emmanuel Castro delivered a two-run single to center to score both runners and put the Wildcats on top 4-3.
However, FAU was able to battle back and score the final five runs of the game. The big inning was the eighth, with FAU already on top 5-4, the Owls poured three runs off Bethune closer Juan Perez to take a commanding 8-4 lead.
Hugh Adams, Ryan Bernal and Andy Mee each pitched scoreless innings in the seventh, eighth and ninth to secure the win.
Adams (2-0) earned the victory after pitching a perfect frame in the seventh.
FAU will return to action on Friday when they begin a three-game series at home against Arkansas State. First pitch in game one on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.
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