Feb. 18, 2005
Florida Atlantic University tried to post its fourth comeback in as many games but fell one run short as no. 23 TCU defeated FAU 11-10 at in Boca Raton. FAU could not overcome five Horned Frog home runs.
The Horned Frogs (4-1) jumped on pitcher Will Mann (0-1) in the first inning with two home runs for four runs with two outs. Andrew Walker and Austin Adams hit back-to-back shots to put TCU up early. Walker hit a three-run shot down the left field line before Adams hit a deep home run to centerfield. The TCU offense totaled five home runs off of the FAU pitching staff to account for eight RBI. Walker finished the night with two home runs, while Adams, Kyle Dahlberg and Ryan Pack each trotted around the bases once.
TCU starting pitcher Lance Broadway (2-0) picked up the win after he worked 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight while giving up three runs on three hits. The Horned Frog bullpen struggled as it gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. Only two runs were earned as TCU committed four errors in the game.
Brian Lipman (Moorpark, CA) provided FAU's only run through the first six innings as he hit a deep shot to right centerfield in the second. With TCU leading 11-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, FAU mounted its comeback. In the bottom of the frame FAU posted four runs with two outs. With the bases loaded, sophomore Mike McBryde (North Palm Beach, FL) hit a triple to bring the score to 11-5.
FAU (3-1) threatened again in the eighth as costly errors gave the team five unearned runs to decrease the deficit to one.
In the ninth, third baseman Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL) started the inning off with a walk but was not able to get off first as the next three FAU batters struck out. Shawn Ferguson earned the save for TCU as he struck out four in the final 1 1/3 innings.
McBryde and Lipman led FAU with three RBI each, while Derek Hutton, Widlansky and Lipman put together two-hit performances.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday at 7 pm at FAU Stadium. Mike Crotta is expected to face Sam Demel on the mound.