Feb. 15, 2003
Florida Atlantic University dropped its second game of the season on Friday night as Eastern Michigan (1-4) pulled of a 10-5 upset in the second game of the series. Ryan Goleski led the Eagles with a 3-for-5 performance and broke the school record for career home runs when he hit his 35th over the right field fence.
FAU (6-2) managed to keep the game close until the fourth inning when starter Chris Pillsbury (Jacksonville, FL) worked himself into a jam. With one run already across the plate Pillsbury loaded the bases with no one out. He managed to get two out when Todd Kimling grounded into a double play but allowed Brian Bixler to score from third. Pillsbury recorded one of his five strikeouts on the night for the final out of the fourth.
Luke Beeler led off the fifth with a home run to left field before Pillsbury retired the next three batters. The sixth was a rough inning for FAU as the Eagles crossed the plate five times. After Bixler led off with a single. All-American Ryan Goleski posted two RBIs when he hit his record breaking home run. Two walks and two singles allowed the last three runs of the inning to score and increased the EMU lead to 8-3. Pillsbury worked five innings and falls to 2-1 on the season.
FAU newcomers Mike Murray and Alex Fonseca paced the team with two RBIs each. Murray recorded a single in the fourth which allowed Rusty Brown and Rob Horst to score and gave FAU a 3-2 lead for half an inning. FAU's offense was out hit by the Eagles for the second night in a row 12-7.
Momentum shifted in the bottom of the ninth and FAU showed a little life as they picked up two more runs. A Matt Pali lead off single and a Murray walk put men on first and second with no one out. Dave Pieron got the next two batters to fly out to keep the complete game going before he gave up a double to Marc Gilmore (Deerfield Beach, FL). Pieron was then pulled after he worked 8 2/3 innings and struck out six in his first victory.
The two team will meet for the final time on Sunday, 12 pm at FAU Stadium.