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Troy First Inning Too Much to Overcome for FAU

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Troy First Inning Too Much to Overcome for FAU

Troy scored seven first-inning runs in route to a 12-3 victory in game one Friday night at Riddle-Pace Field.

The Trojans would score eight runs on three doubles and eight hits before the Owls had a base-runner, and have won 5 of 6 and six straight in Sun Belt play.

Florida Atlantic (17-13; 6-9 Sun Belt) played its first game without an extra-base hit. Anthony Mesa had two hits and Tom Hatcher had two RBI.

FAU starter Mike Gipson threw 34 pitches in a seven-run Trojans' first inning. Trevor Tyre and Steven Felix hit back-to-back two-RBI doubles after Ryan Ditthardt opened up the scoring with a bases-loaded single.

Freshman Ryan Garton - an outstanding prep athlete at J.W. Mitchell High School in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area - was effective in an extended relief role for FAU, retiring the first six batters he faced. Rookie classmate Hugh Adams followed Garton's 2 2/3 scoreless innings with two-hit baseball through 2 1/3.

With the Trojans leading 9-3, Troy tacked on three more runs off Lou Morey, which included a two-RBI double off the bat of clean-up hitter Micheal Precise.

The Owls return fto action for game two of the series tommorow at 7:00PM EST.


Source: †FAU Media Relations
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