Another one-run victory for FAU in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday. The Owls are now 8-3 in one-run games this season after also losing game two of the double dip by one run. Below are the highlights from FAU’s 8-7 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Top 5th – Nick Delguidice connects on his second HR of the game, a two-run shot to left that tied the game at 6-6.
Top 8th – With the game tied at 7-7, Raymond Church drilled an RBI double to right that scored Nathan Pittman from first to put FAU ahead for good 8-7.
Top 9th – Andy Mee always makes things interesting, after allowing a one-out triple to Nick Wade, the closer struck out the final two batters of the game to earn his ninth save of the season.
Break out the broomsticks!! The Owls take both games in a twin-bill on Saturday after winning game one Friday night to sweep #19 WKU right out of Boca Raton. It’s the first sweep of a three-game series in Sun Belt play for FAU since March 21-23 of 2008 against MTSU. The victories cap off a 4-0 homestand for FAU, and the Owls improve to 3-3 on the season against ranked opponents.
However, it wasn’t easy. Here’s how the final two outs played out….
In game one, Eddie Cassidy was the hero, his walk-off base hit with the bases loaded propelled FAU to a 5-4 victory in the 10th inning…..
In the nightcap, FAU erased an early 5-0 deficit to hold on for a 9-8 victory. WKU had the tying run rounding third in the ninth, but a baserunning mishap gave the victory and the sweep to the home club….
…the Owls (22-14, 12-6) now stand alone in third place in the Sun Belt standings, jumping ahead of MTSU and WKU over the weekend. FAU will rest up on Sunday and Monday before traveling to Ft. Myers on Tuesday for a crucial non-conference game against a quality opponent, Florida Gulf Coast.
What a comeback for FAU today, the Owls trailed until the 8th inning when they scored two runs to take a 4-3 lead over the Ragin’ Cajuns. Mike Gipson improved to 5-0 with eight strong inning of nine hit, three run baseball. The right-hander did not walk a batter and struck out five. Gipson has already surpassed last season’s win total of four.
Here are some of the highlights.
Top 4th – The Andy Mee (pictured) train keeps rolling. The junior hit his fifth home run of the season and tied the game at 1-1 with this moonshot over the left field wall.
Top 7th – Anthony Mesa keeps providing pop for FAU at the bottom of the lineup. The centerfielder hit his 3rd home run of the season to bring FAU within 3-2.
Top 8th – FAU ties the game at 3-3 with a Colby Gratton ground rule double. The next batter Nick Delguidice gave the Owls their first lead of the game with a sac fly.
Bottom 9th – Andy Mee slams the door with a perfect ninth. The do-it-all JUCO transfer now has three saves on the season.
A thrilling victory for FAU in game two against Troy on Saturday night. The Owls won a back-and-forth affair in 11 innings over Troy 5-4. Nick Delguidice was the hero, his 11th inning go-ahead HR secured the victory for FAU. Enjoy the higlights…
TOP 5th – Mike Albaladejo’s 2nd RBI single of the game gives FAU a 2-1 lead.
TOP 7th – Huge inning for FAU. Anthony Mesa’s 2nd HR in as many nights ties the game, three batters later, FAU takes the lead after an Andy Mee RBI single.
TOP 11th – Nick Delguidice (pictured) loves Saturdays. After breaking an FAU single-game record last Saturday with 9 RBI in the win over BC, the shortstop takes the first pitch he sees over the left field wall to lead off the inning, and knock in the winning run for FAU.
….Owls look for the sweep tomorrow, RHP Kevin Alexander (1-1, 6.08) on the bump for FAU. Trojans starter is still TBD. Later.