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.
The Owls showed their heart on Friday night coming from behind on three difference occasions to earn a 9-6 victory in game one of the series. Here are the highlights…
TOP 5th – Dan Scheffler had three hits, this was argulable the biggest of the night as his double to left center scored two runs and tied the game at 4-4.
TOP 5th – Nathan Pittman (pictured) had a career night. After coming into replace Anthony Mesa (bruised hand) in the third, Pittman knocked in his first career run in the fifth with this single to right field.
TOP 9th – With the score tied at 6-6, Eddie Cassidy hit a first-pitch fastball to left field for a base hit which scored Dan Scheffler and gave FAU a 7-6 lead.
TOP 9th – Colby Gratton gives FAU some insurance with a two-run single to put FAU on top 9-6.
…FAU snaps a four-game losing streak with the win and hopefully in the process, garnered some momentum for the rest of the weekend. Stay tuned…
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.
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.