Boca Raton, FL - Any championship season is filled with many dramatic moments and fantastic finishers. That certainly was the case for the 2012 Florida Atlantic University baseball team as it captured the Sun Belt Conference's regular-season title -- the Owls' second league crown in the last three seasons.
FAU compiled a 32-22 record, marking the 14th consecutive winning season for the program. The team had a 19-8 mark in SBC play.
FAUSports.com will look back at the top 10 highlights from the 2012 successful season. The countdown begins with junior catcher Mike Spano's run-scoring, walk-off single in a victory over Western Kentucky University on May 4 in Boca Raton.
The Scene: Florida Atlantic opened a three-game home series against WKU from May 4-6, and played its only extra-inning contest of the regular season.
Supporting Information: Mike Spano had already driven in one run in the game with a RBI single as part of a three-run second inning. However, the 10th inning rally begins after two fly outs to open the frame.
The Play: Senior designated hitter Alex Hudak started the 10th-inning rally by drawing a walk. Sophomore outfielder Geoff Jimenez followed with a single into left field to move Hudak into scoring position at second base. That's when Spano smashed a two-strike pitch to left field, allowing Hudak to race around and beat the throw to home plate.
Spano was among four Owls that had multiple-hit efforts in the contest, which broke a two-game losing streak.
Key Stat: Extra-inning games are nothing new for FAU and WKU. The last two meetings between the teams have gone into extra innings, along with three of the last six contests dating back to the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Schedule of 2012 FAU Baseball Highlight Countdown:
No. 10 - Mike Spano's walk-off single in 10th inning against Western Kentucky
No. 9 - July 25
No. 8 - July 27
No. 7 - July 30
No. 6 - August 1
No. 5 - August 3
No. 4 - August 6
No. 3 - August 8
No. 2 - August 10
No. 1 - August 13