Feb. 12, 2005
Feb. 12, 2005
Florida Atlantic University used a late rally to earn its second come-from-behind victory in as many days. FAU scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn a win over Cincinnati 6-3 Saturday afternoon. Brian Lipman picked up the winning RBI in the eighth as Tim Mascia crossed the plate.
"It is good to know you can come back from behind," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "But we don't want to become complacent early."
After leaving the bases loaded in the first two innings, FAU (2-0) pushed across its first run of the contest in the third inning after Lipman (Moorpark,CA) reached on a leadoff single. He eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch from the Bearcats starting pitcher Kevin Schrader.
Schrader was hurt again in the fourth inning after issuing a leadoff walk to Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL). He came around to score on a Mascia (Wellington, FL) single to take a 2-0 lead.
FAU starter Mike Crotta left the game after working six innings with a 2-1 lead after an unearned run scored in the sixth inning. He gave up five hits and struck out two.
Cincinnati (0-2) posted back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning to take the lead for the first time in the contest. Mark Muscenti and LaFringe Hayes both recorded their first homers of the season for the Bearcats.
Junior Allen Knight (1-0) entered in the seventh to shutdown the UC offense and earn the win. The Boca Raton, FL native did not allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings and struck out two before closer Mike McBryde finished the game. McBryde picked up a save as he retired the side in the ninth.
The two teams closes out the series on Sunday at 1 pm when Cincinnati right hander Jim Olds faces leftie Chris Salberg.