April 8, 2011
Mobile, Ala. - Trey Sorrells' two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie and paved the way for the University of South Alabama to down the visiting Florida Atlantic University baseball team 5-3 on Friday night in the opening game of a weekend Sun Belt Conference series at Stanky Field in Mobile, Ala.
The Owls fell to 17-13 on the season and 5-5 in conference play. The Jaguars improved to 15-14 overall and are now tied with FAU at 5-5 in league action. The two teams will resume the series on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 3 p.m.
"I thought we played well and had good energy," said John McCormack, FAU's head baseball coach. "We are in a little bit of a rut offensive. We've got to have better at-bats with guys in scoring position. However, overall, I thought our energy and how we played was good."
FAU has now lost a season-high five straight games and still are looking for the first road victory of the season.
South Alabama mounted its eighth-inning rally with one out with Brent Tanner's base hit. Jordan Patterson followed by a double down the left field line against FAU relief pitcher Ahmed Garcia. After reliever Hugh Adams was brought into the game, Sorrells lined the go-ahead base hit over an outstretched arms of third baseman Sean Bukovich.
FAU enjoyed a 2-1 lead after scoring twice in the fourth inning. An RBI groundout by sophomore designated hitter Mike Spano knotted the score, 1-1, as senior second baseman Raymond Church came home. Sophomore first baseman Mark Nelson immediately followed with a line drive base hit down the right field line that scored senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice.
The lead would grow to 3-1 an inning later as junior outfielder Alex Hudak had an RBI single to center field that scored senior outfielder Andy Mee. However, that was all the scoring for the visitors, who out-hit the Jaguars 11-9 in the contest. All of the Owls' 11 base hits were singles.
South Alabama tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning as Nolan Earley lined a two-run double to the right-center field gap that scored Taylor White and Jake Overstreet.
FAU starting pitcher Ryan Garton went into the seventh inning for the second straight week, but did not factor in the final decision. The junior right hander allowed one earned run and matched a season-high with eight strikeouts. Garcia allowed two runs in one inning to suffer the loss, dropping his record to 1-1 on the year.
USA starting pitcher Garrett Harris also received a no-decision, allowing three runs in seven innings. The right hander struck out six batters and allowed 11 hits. Phillip Bryd improved to 1-0 with a perfect eighth inning in relief, while Cory McGinnis tallied his third save of the season by keeping the Owls off the scoreboard in the ninth inning.
Hudak led FAU's offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a run batted in. Mee, moved into the lead-off spot in the batting order for the first time this season, tallied four hits on the evening and scored a run. Nelson rounded out the multiple-hit performers with two hits in four at-bats.
The Jaguars were led by Tanner's two hits and a run scored, while Logan Kirkland also had two hits.
A broadcast and details of Saturday's game can be found at www.fausports.com. Season and individual tickets of Florida Atlantic baseball are available by calling the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.