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Owls Get Big Win In Game One of WKU Series

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Owls Get Big Win In Game One of WKU Series

Morrison photo courtesy fausports.com

Tonight's win couldn't have come at a better time for the Florida Atlantic baseball team, which had been struggling in conference play as of late.  And it couldn't have come against a better opponent either.

From shutting-down one of the nation's best hitting teams to Tom Hatcher's clutch two-out double in the seventh, the Owls proved something to themselves tonight while sending a message to the rest of the SBC:

"We are not done yet".

Senior lefty Adam Morrison kept Western Kentucky scoreless into the seventh as Owls defeated the league leading Hilltoppers 3-1. WKU had won 16-straight games at home. It was the seventh-straight win for the Owls (24-16; 7-11 Sun Belt) and keeps the hope alive to make a run at the SBC title in May.

Western Kentucky (28-12; 14-5 Sun Belt), which entered the week top 10 among all NCAA DI teams in hits (420) and runs (349), managed just three hits against Morrison (2-2) through 6 2/3.  He struck out four, and allowed one run on five hits, in his first Friday start of the season.

The Owls also hit well against WKU's ace Matt Hightower (5-1) punching out 11 hits, but would only score before he was pulled.

Troy Bubley went 3-for-4 and knocked in Colby Gratton for the game's first run. Gratton had hit Hightower's first pitch of the fourth off the fence in left field for a leadoff double.

With FAU leading 3-1 with two-on and two-out in seventh, Chris Schmitt was called in from the pen and enticed WKU's Gaynor to pop up to end the threat. Schmitt pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, setting things up for closer Glen Troyanowski to close out the ninth.

Troyanowski fanned pinch-hitter C.J. Wamsley to begin the inning en route to his sixth save.

Source:  FAU Media Relations
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