Nov. 8, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Hart Attacks avoided the three game sweep by defeating $100 Billings, 6-2, in the final game of the three-game Florida Atlantic University World Series.
$100 Billings captured the first two games of the series, but plated six runs in the second inning to mount a lead that $100 Billings could not overcome. The game ended with one out in the bottom of the fifth due to inclement weather.
"It was good to see Coach (Dickie) Hart's club battle to pick up a win in the series," said John McCormack, FAU's head coach. "But, congratulations to Coach (Rich) Billing's team for winning the fall World Series. $100 Billings played great and beat a good team."
Tyler Rocklein got the scoring started for the Hart Attacks with a single to center. The senior outfielder moved to third on a Sean Labsan single to left that got by the $100 Billings left fielder. Rocklein would score the first run of the game, driven in by Cain Spangler's single.
With bases loaded Reid Neal hit a sacrifice to center, scoring Labsan. Bonilla Traverson would load the bases once more with a one-out walk. Junior shortstop Mitch Morales lined a single scoring one but the Hart Attacks tried to push across another and were thrown out at the plate. Senior Robert Buckley then belted a three-run homer to right giving the Hart Attacks a 6-0 cushion moving into the top of the third.
$100 Billings rallied in the top of the fourth with Brendon Sanger reaching via an infield single. Esteban Puerta would follow with a walk. Senior third baseman Ricky Santiago then hit an RBI single to left. Puerta advanced to third on a double-play and scored on a wild pitch, for what would be the final run of the game.
Jimmy Tornabene picked up the win for Hart Attacks while Brandon Rhodes took the loss. Tornabene pitched four innings, allowed just three hits and was charged with the two earned runs. He walked two and struck out two. Michael Emigh had one inning of scoreless work for the Hart Attacks. He walked one and struck out one.
Sophomore Brandon Rhodes pitched two innings and took the loss after allowing six earned runs and retiring just one by strikeout. John Sebelle gave up two hits and no runs while he struck out two Cody Mizelle pitched a third of an inning before the game was called.
Sean Labsan and Cain Spangler led the way for both teams as the only multiple hit batters. Both, playing for Hart Attacks, were 2-for-2 on the day. Labsan recorded a double while Buckley led the squad with three RBIs.
The Owls concluded the final practice of the fall with the two teams playing error free baseball.
FAU will open its 2014 season by playing host to a three-game series with Notre Dame. Opening day is February 15.