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FAU Baseball has Successful Scrimmage to Open Fall Season

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FAU Baseball has Successful Scrimmage to Open Fall Season

Owls Defeat British Columbia Twins 13-0

The Florida Atlantic University Baseball team used a pair of four-run innings to upend the British Columbia Twins 13-0 in the first fall scrimmage of the season at the FAU Baseball Stadium.

The Twins are a high school select team from British Columbia, Canada made up of high school juniors and seniors from across the region.

“I thought we did a nice job,” said head baseball coach John McCormack. “It’s good to see the pitchers and hitters go against someone not wearing the same uniform as yours.”

The scrimmage remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when FAU put up back-to-back four-run innings to take an 8-0 lead.

“Everyone seemed to contribute,” McCormack said. “It’s nice to take live batting practice and the music is on and it feels like a real game atmosphere.”

On the mound, R.J. Alvarez started the game and pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Nathan Pittman, who made an impact as a freshman last season in the outfield, pitched for the first time in a collegiate setting and also threw a scoreless frame.

Junior Ahmed Garcia also threw for the first time since injuring his throwing arm last season. The lefty pitched two scoreless innings with one strikeout.

Jason Boyer and Jake Meiers also threw two scoreless frames each to preserve the shutout for FAU.

“The pitchers all contributed and did their jobs nicely,” McCormack said.

On offense, junior college transfer Alex Hudak made the biggest impact, going 2-for-2 with a pair of two-run home runs. Hudak is in his second season at the Division I level having played last season at Seminole State College and his freshman year at Stetson.

“I don’t expect him to hit two home runs every game but that is kind of why he is here,” said McCormack. “In our ballpark a left-handed batter with pop is very valuable.”

Some of last year’s regulars also contributed at the plate.  Returning All-Sun Belt selections Andy Mee and Dan Scheffler combined for five hits and three runs scored. Colby Gratton also went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored.

The Owls continue the fall season with scrimmages and practices until the second week of November. Spring workouts will begin in January with the 2011 season beginning the third week of February.

Source: www.fausports.com
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