Feb. 29, 2008
(BOCA RATON, FL) - Mike McKenna hit a go-ahead three-run homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning as Florida Atlantic won its third straight, defeating Eastern Michigan 5-2 on Friday.
McKenna, the top returning hitter in the Sun Belt Conference, is off to a 12-for-26 start this season (.462 BA). McKenna was 2-for-4 Friday night with all three of his RBI coming on the decisive homerun hit over the centerfield wall.
His .413 average a year ago prompted a number of college baseball publications to recognize McKenna as an All-America candidate prior to the 2008 season.
Florida Atlantic (3-3) received seven strong innings and 107 pitches from ace Mickey Storey. Storey limited the Eagles to just two runs in the first inning- both unearned, which lowers his season ERA to 2.38.
Left-handed reliever Nick Melendres (1-0) won his first decision of the year in his fourth appearance, a team-high. Melendres pitched an uneventful eighth, but needed to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded two-out jam in the top of the ninth. After walking the bases full, Melendres struck out Steve Bradshaw looking to end the game and the Eagles' late threat.
Eastern Michigan (0-8) started strong, pushing in a pair of runs off Storey on three first inning hits. Seven different Eagles players registered a hit, eight in all, all coming off Storey.
Junior leftfielder Tom Hatcher and first baseman Travis Ozga each drove in a run for FAU, who returns to action tomorrow, continuing a four-game series with Eastern Michigan which resumes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.