“New glove, new season.” That has been the motto for Dan Scheffler since burning his glove after a series in New Orleans that saw him commit two errors. Since that series concluded on April 11, Scheffler has only committed one error since and his new motto has a lot to do with it. On Sunday in Mobile, the Scheff slick fielding sparked this 3-6-3 twin-killing that ended the game and clinched the series victory against the Jags and pushed FAU into first place of the SBC. Enjoy….
Despite playing at 10 a.m. local time, the Owls’ bats woke up in plenty of time for Sunday’s rubber match at ULM. FAU slugged a season-high five home runs in the 13-1 drubbing of the Warhawks. Four different players hit home runs with Sean Bukovich being the only player with multiple dingers. Enjoy the highlights from each of the five FAU long balls…
Top 2nd – Sean Bukovich hits his first career home run to give FAU an early 1-0 lead.
Top 3rd – Eddie Cassidy connects on his third home run of the season.
Top 5th – Nick Delguidice’s third home run in the series comes in grand fashion. The shortstop’s first career grand slam extends FAU’s lead to 9-1.
Top 6th – The Scheff continues to sizzle. Scheffler’s opposite field blast is the slugger’s 12th home run this season.
Top 7th – The home run montage ends similar to how it began. Sean Bukovich caps off a career performance with this two-run home run to make the score 13-1 in favor of the Owls. The switch-hitter finished the day 4-for-4 with three RBI and two home runs (both from the left side of the plate).
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.
Tough game for the Owls this afternoon in the season finale. FAU pitching gives up some timley hits in a 10-6 loss against Troy. There is good news however, the OWls were able to take the series winning 2-of-3 from the Trojans. Here are the highlights from Sunday….
TOP 3rd – Dan Scheffler brings the Owls back in the game with a two-out two-run double into the left centerfield gap to make the score 3-2 Troy.
TOP 5th – Nick Delguidice does it again. His two-run double ties the game at 4-4. The hit extends Delguidice’s hitting streak to nine games.
TOP 6th – Raymond Church (pictured) connects on his first home run of the season to pull the Owls within 7-5. However, that is as close as FAU would come.
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.