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Bukovich, Delguidice and Adams enjoying summer success
It's not certain that our founders intended us to celebrate the Fourth of July with over indulgence and explosions in the sky, but I'm sure they wouldn't have minded too much. And baseball surely wasn't on the minds of the signers of the Declaration of Independence when they committed what was then considered one of the greatest acts of treason - the game wasn't invented for another 100 or so years. If still around today they probably wouldn't mind the idea of a beer and a ballgame.

While Florida Atlantic's baseball season is long over, most FAU players are spending their summer playing in independent collegiate leagues. A few of them are having pretty good success.

Infielder Sean Bukovich didn't sign with Waynesboro of the Valley League until a little more than a week ago, but he is making up for lost time by hitting hitting .440 in seven games.

Shortstop Nick Delguidice is also enjoying success at the plate. He's has been in and out of the Florida Collegiate Summer League's Top 10 in hitting since the start of the season. Delguidice entered Saturday hitting .295, good enough for 11th in the league.

And how about Hugh Adams' start in the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League? Adams (photo) enters Saturday's action sporting a 4-0 record and a 0.40 ERA in 22 2/3 innings. A freshman in 2009, Adams started the season as the Owls closer before struggling and moving to middle relief.

FAU coach John McCormack sees Adams becoming a front of the rotation starter during his career. At times during 2009 Adams appeared to lack the confidence to fulfill that promise. If he can keep up this kind of performance throughout the summer Adams may enter 2010 with all the confidence he needs.

Adams' strong stats overshadow the numbers being posted by his FAU and Ripken Sr. teammate Ryan Garton. The righthander who was 0-1 with a 6.95 ERA during his freshman season is currently 2-1 with a 0.57 ERA in 15 2/3 innings. will continue to track these players throughout the summer.

So there's a little dose of FAU baseball to satisfy your Independence Day appetite. Hope your day is fun and safe. And may everything explode on cue.

July 04, 2009

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