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Ozga Shines As Owls Win Game One of USA Series


Ozga Shines As Owls Win Game One of USA Series

Travis Ozga homered, doubled, and drove in two of FAU's six unanswered runs en route to a 3-for-4 night as FAU rallied over the long haul to defeat the University of South Alabama 6-5. Ozga is currently enjoying an 18 game hitting streak.

South Alabama (11-16; 2-8 Sun Belt) jumped out in front early after a first inning run coupled with a Sean Laird three-run homer gave USA a 4-0 advantage.

USA's Ethridge pitched three scoreless innings before Nick DelGuidice drove in Ozga with a double down the left field line in the fourth. Colby Gratton followed with a two-out double which scored DelGuidice and FAU trailed 5-2.

Ozga then hit a towering homer to lead off the FAU sixth, in an inning that would end Ethridge's night.

Alex Pepe continued his effective mid-relief pitching, a flawless seventh to lower his ERA to a staff-best 2.41.

It would be Ozga again picking up the Owls in the bottom of the seventh - hitting a two-out double into the left-field corner which scored Troy Bubley from first and tied the game 5-5.

Chris Schmitt took the hill in the eigth and retired the side, giving FAU th e opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the inning.  it proved well, as DelGuidice led off the inning with a single and would be moved to third when Anthony Mesa laid-down a squeeze bunt that plated the go-ahead run.

Leading 6-5, Schmitt would close it out in the the top of the ninth to give FAU the win.

FAU improves to 16-10 overall and 5-7 in Sun Belt play with the victory and will be back in action tommorow at 4:00PM EST for game two of the series.

Source:  FAU Media Relations
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