The Owls pound out 16 hits and get a 13-8 victory over Troy in the Sun Belt opener. Ryan Garton pitched beautifully in relief of Taylor Everist.  The sophomore threw seven innings and gave up just four hits and three runs while striking out 11 batters, the most by any FAU pitcher this season. 

Here are some of the offensive highlights from Friday’s victory from FAU radio broadcaster Jared Smith….

Top 1st – The Owls got things started early and scored four runs in the opening frame.  Colby Gratton was a big reason why, his RBI triple plated Andy Mee and gave FAU a quick 2-0 lead. 

Top 2nd – This was the big blow in the game.  Dan Scheffler (pictured) hit his 4th home run of the season in grand fashion.  The grand slam was his first in his brief FAU career and gave the Owls a commanding 8-0 lead. 

Top 5th – The hits kept on coming for FAU.  After Anthony Mesa flew out to centerfield but was called back to the plate becuase of a balk on the pitcher.  He sent the next pitch over the left field wall for his first home run of the season.  The two-run blast put FAU ahead 11-6.  Mesa has now recorded 13 RBI in the 9-hole for FAU this season.

…FAU (7-4, 1-0) will have Mike Gipson on the hill tomorrow in game two of the series.  First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. eastern.


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