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GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

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GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM




What:    Florida Atlantic (8-4) vs #1 Florida (10-1)

When:   Tuesday, Mar. 6th at 7:00 PM

Where:  McKethan Stadium

Series:   The Gators lead 18-6 overall and are 14-4 in Gainesville. UF took the last meeting 13-2 in Jupiter. The Owls are 1-3 under McCormack.


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Projected Starting Pitchers:

FAU - RHP Jake Meiers        1-1, 7.59 ERA, 8 K, 3 BB
UF -   LHP Bobby Poyner     0-0, 1.93 ERA, 1 K, 0 BB






The Owls head to Gainesville after having split a four game weekend series against Princeton 2-2. But it was not without consequences, as second leading hitter Alex Hudak (.421) suffered a fractured ankle when crashing into the outfield wall during an on-ball play that will have him out of the lineup for quite a while.

FAU was looking to rely upon the senior to lead the way at the plate for 2012, but the unforeseen emergence of Mike Albaladejo (.468) has given the team an additional lift through 11 games and continues to do so. So far the multipositional Albaladejo has posted three-hit performances in five contests. 3B Kyle Newton is currently tied with Hudak in RBI (13) but also leads the Owls with a team high 13 strikeouts.

Three of Florida Atlantic's wins have come by way of relief pitches this year, with R.J. Alvarez (photo) picking up two in seven apperances, and Kevin Alexander nabbing the other.

The Gators will be the second SEC opponent for FAU, with the Owls sweeping an earlier three game series against Alabama to open the season.

Florida is coming off a three game weekend sweep of then #8 Miami (7-5, 13-5 and 8-5) in Coral Gables, and now has 11 straight wins over the southern foe.

C Taylor Gushue, a native of Boca Raton, received his second SEC Freshman of the Week award on Monday after posting a .400, 4RBI, 3R, 2HR performance at Miami. In a showing a power, one of his round trippers landed in the third level of a parking garage which sits over right field.

Falling behind is no issue for Florida, who is a perfect 5-0 when allowing an opponent to score first. Offensively, they make the most out of the 5th inning, tallying 14 runs in the frame thus far on the season, with the 3rd and 4th innings falling next in line (11 each).
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

The Gators go to work right away in the bottom of the 1st inning with three runs off an RBI single by RF Preston Tucker, and a two run shot over the wall from C Mike Zunino.

Through one complete:

FAU 0  UF 3
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

2B Ricky Santiago answers for the Owls with an RBI double to close the gap slightly.

Bottom 2nd coming up:

FAU 1  UF 3
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Meiers gets roughed up for a six pack in the Gator's second turn at the plate, surrendering four singles and another homer to Zunino (3RBI).

After two complete:

FAU 1  UF 9

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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Owls go quietly in the top of the third before Ahmed Garcia takes the hill for the bottom of the frame in relief of Meiers.

Unfortunately, he allows a two run blast to CF Tyler Thompson.

After three:

FAU 1  UF 11

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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Rick said

Owls go quietly in the top of the third before Ahmed Garcia takes the hill for the bottom of the frame in relief of Meiers.

Unfortunately, he allows a two run blast to CF Tyler Thompson.

After three:

FAU 1  UF 11

I smell Mercy Rule…

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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Garcia heads to the dugout in favor of Kevin Perez for the bottom fourth, but the Gators add three more behind three singles and a double.

Through four innings:

FAU 1  UF 14
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Owl2Doc said

I smell Mercy Rule…

It's getting ugly, that's for sure…
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

Perez finally posts a scoreless frame for the Owls in the bottom of the 5th.

Sixth inning straight ahead:

FAU 1  UF 14
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Re: GAME THREAD: FAU vs #1 Florida - March 6th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM

The Owls put two aboard with no outs, but leave them stranded going down in 1-2-3 fashion therafter. Florida puts another run across the plate though, thanks to a sac fly from Thompson.

After six complete:

FAU 1  UF 15
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