Feb. 13, 2005
In its third come-from-behind victory of the weekend, Florida Atlantic University defeated Cincinnati 11-9 to sweep the three game series from the Bearcats. Mike McBryde earned the win for FAU as he worked the final two innings of the contest and struck out four.
Both offenses were blanked in the first inning but each posted runs in the next five innings as UC (0-3) took a 9-7 lead. Brandon Kloess (Montgomery, AL) and McBryde (N. Palm Beach, FL) entered to shut down the Cincinnati offense which produced 10 hits.
The FAU offense countered each surge by posting 16 hits and picking up six walks. The team showed that it can score without the power offense of the past. It was the first series since the team faced Jacksonville last March that Florida Atlantic did not hit a home run. Instead the team stole seven bases, one shy of the single game FAU record, to present scoring opportunities.
With the game tied at nine going into the bottom of the eighth inning, Derek Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and McBryde both reached on singles. Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) then picked up the game winning hit with a double to centerfield to add two RBI to finish with a game-high three RBI on the afternoon.
Chris Salberg (Rockford, IL) made his first start for FAU (3-0) and worked 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits and two strikeouts. Ryan Sneir (Coral Springs, FL) and Matt Dunn (Wellington, FL) worked out of the bullpen before Kloess and McBryde entered.
Cincinnati starting pitcher Jim Olds worked 2 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. The Bearcats ran three other pitchers on the mound before Kyle Markle entered to record the final out in the seventh inning and work the eighth. He suffered the loss as he gave up the game winning hit to Mascia.
The UC offense was led by Logan Parker's two RBI and Mark Haske and Brian Szarmach's two hits.
FAU will face no. 22 TCU next weekend in a three-game series. Game times are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday and Saturday with the finale Sunday at 1 pm.