Feb. 16, 2003
Florida Atlantic University left the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings and a total of 12 stranded as they fell to Eastern Michigan 3-2 in the final game of the series. FAU out hit the Eagles for the first time in the series, 11-9, but could not string together hits to win the contest.
FAU (6-3) jumped on the board in the second inning with an unearned run but EMU countered back in the third with a three-run inning. With one out, Travis NeSmith (0-1) allowed four hits and walked one. The junior from Miami, FL worked 3 1/3 innings and struck out two in his first start this season.
A lead off walk to Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) gave FAU hope in the sixth. Mike Cox (Sarasota, FL) advanced Fiorentino over to second before Matt Pali (Houston, TX) singled up the middle to bring FAU to within 3-2. Pali finished with a game-high 3-for-5 performance and one RBI.
With one out in the seventh and the bases loaded FAU's number three and four hitters came to the plate. It seemed that the game would be tied up but Ross Winiemko entered in relief and shut down Florida Atlantic'spower hitters striking them out.
In the eighth, Winiemko got Rusty Brown to fly out and Rob Horst to ground out to second before he gave up singles to Mike Murray and Evan Brannon and then walked Alex Fonseca to load the bases. Freshman Tim Mascia (Tallahassee, FL) then came to the plate for his second at bat of the day and grounded out two second to end the FAU threat.
"We had opportunities and had good hitters come to the plate at the right times. Their pitcher (Winiemko) did a great job of getting out of some tough situations," said head coach Kevin Cooney.
Winiemko finished with his first save of the season after relieving David Hayes. Hayes threw 6 1/3 innings and struck out one in his first victory of the season.
Florida Atlantic travels to Florida International University on Wednesday to face the Golden Panthers in the second match up of the season. The two teams met in a pitchers dual last Wednesday and saw FIU's Josh Banks post his first win of the season in the 4-0 FIU win. Randy Beam is scheduled to take the mound for FAU in the 7 pm contest.