Nov. 7, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Pitching may once again be an area of strength for the Florida Atlantic University baseball team after three pitchers contributed to a lead Team Billings to a 2-0 seven-inning victory in Wednesday's opening game of the program's Fall World Series at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
Players were evenly split into two teams for the best-of-three series that culminates fall practice for the 2013 season. Team Billings was coached by Assistant Coach Rich Billings, while Team Hart was coached by Assistant Coach Dickie Hart.
Senior pitcher Hugh Adams got the start for Billings and had three strikeouts in three shutout innings. Senior Gregg Bennis picked up the win in relief, striking out three batters in 2.2 innings. Fellow Junior Andrew Archer got the final four outs to record a save.
Team Billings scored both of its runs in the sixth inning and had a six-hit offensive attack. Junior catcher Levi Meyer started the scoring with a RBI single that brought home sophomore shortstop Mitch Morales. Sophomore infielder Ricky Santiago's sacrifice fly gave the team an insurance run. Junior outfielder Tyler Rocklein scored on the fly out.
For Team Hart, senior first baseman Mark Nelson went 3-for-3 with a double to lead the offensive attack. The split squad brought the winning run to the plate in the seventh inning before Archer shut down the rally.
Junior Jeremy Strawn got the starting assignment for Team Hart, recording four strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Sophomore Bo Logan joined seniors Kenny Sharpe and Michael Sylvestri in seeing time on the mound.
The second game in the Fall World Series is scheduled on Thursday, November 8, beginning at 3:40 p.m. The series will conclude on Friday, November 9, at 2:20 p.m. from the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus. All games are free and open to the public.
FAU is the defending regular-season Sun Belt Conference champions.