Baseball: Owls beat Hawks 6-2

Mark Gibson

FAU (9-3) claimed its second victory over Monmouth University (2-3) with a score of 6-2 in game two of a three game series on Saturday, March 5 in Boca Raton.

For the fourth game straight, the Owls came out scoring in their first at-bat as they took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. FAU got on base early as leadoff hitter Raymond Church hit a single, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. The first run came from a fielding error by MU second baseman Ryan Terry, when he hesitated on the throw to first base to get right fielder Andy Mee out. This resulted in Church being able to make it home giving Mee an RBI. The next three runs came from RBIs by first baseman Dan Scheffler, left fielder Alex Hudak, and short stop Nick DelGuidice.

FAU added to its lead in the bottom of the third as Hudak drove in a two-run homer, making the score 6-0.

On the mound for FAU, pitcher Paul Davis (3-0) came in as the starter for the first time. Davis pitched a solid six innings, allowing only six hits, two runs, no walks, and three strikeouts. The only two runs for the Hawks came in the top of the sixth on a two run homer by designated hitter Nick Pulsonetti.

“I knew what the other team’s weakness was from last night’s game” said Davis. “So I came out here and threw a lot of fastballs.”

Rain started coming down in waves starting around the seventh inning, but instead of calling the game, the Owls powered through as pitchers Ahmed Garcia and Hugh Adams shut out the Hawks. Adams closed the game in the top of the ninth striking out the final two batters to seal the 6-2 victory for FAU.

“We’ve done pretty well at the beginning of the games but the problem is all the zeroes afterwards,” said head coach John McCormack. “Not that it would have been a runaway, but we have to start tacking on the runs.”

FAU will look for the sweep as it finishes its weekend series against Monmouth in game three on Sunday, March 6 at noon.