May 7, 2011
Bowling Green, Ky. - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team could not hold off a late inning Western Kentucky University rally, dropping a 6-2 decision on Saturday afternoon at Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Ky. The game was regionally televised on the Sun Belt Network on Comcast (CSS).
The Owls fall to 27-18 on the season and 14-9 in Sun Belt Conference play. The Hilltoppers improve to 28-19 overall and 13-10 in league play. The two teams will play the rubber match of the weekend series on Sunday, May 8, at 1 p.m.
Western Kentucky scored five times in the seventh inning after trailing 2-1 entering the frame. The host tied the game on a one-out RBI triple by Ivan Hartle to right-center field to plate Jared Andreoli. After a strikeout of Matt Rice, Kes Carter hit a dribbler through the middle to score Hartle and give WKU its first lead of the series. Logan Robbins had a two-run single to continue the two-out rally to score Carter and Ryan Hutchinson to give the team a 5-2 lead. Scott Wilcox rounded out the scoring in the seventh with a single to plate Robbins.
FAU had built an early lead on a two-run home run from senior shortstop Nick DelGuidice in the second inning. Junior outfielder Alex Hudak, the Sun Belt's leading hitter, led off the inning with a single. WKU cut the lead in half in the fifth inning when Andreoli scored on a throwing error.
FAU starting pitcher Paul Davis held the Hilltoppers in check, allowing one unearned run in five innings. The junior right hander struck out six batters but did issue five walks.
Meanwhile, Western Kentucky got a complete game pitching performance from right hander Justin Hageman. He improved to 8-4 on the season, scattering nine hits with four strikeouts.
The Owls did bring the tying run to the on deck circle in the ninth inning after a single by senior third baseman Sean Bukovich and a two-out walk to junior catcher Mike Albaladejo. However, Hageman got senior outfielder Andy Mee to line out to center to end the game.
DelGuidice paced the offensive attack going 2-for-4 and drove in both runs for FAU. The Miami native is the reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week and now has a seven-game hitting streak. Senior first baseman Dan Scheffler also added two hits to round out the nine-hit attack.
The Hilltoppers were led by Andreoli who scored two runs and slapped four hits. Hartle and Robbins added two hits apiece for Western Kentucky.
FAU sophomore reliever Jake Meiers suffered the loss, falling to 3-5 on the season allowing two runs in 1.2 innings.
Broadcast details of Sunday'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.