Kevin Cooney would like to make the exhibition game an annual event
March 2, 2004
Florida Atlantic University's baseball team played its first exhibition game against a major league team on Tuesday afternoon. FAU played the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium and managed five hits and a run off of the professionals in the spring training debut of the Redbirds. The game ended at 10-1 after the Cardinals put up six runs in the second inning.
Freshman Mike McBryde (North Palm Beach, FL) got the start for Florida Atlantic. The right hander had on inning of work under his belt before Tuesday. He worked 1 2/3 innings before giving way to Allen Knight, Bobby DeMichael, Mark Culp, Andrew Tomlin, Brandon Kloess, Jason Costello and Chris Saxton.
FAU faces Florida International four times this week and saved starting pitchers for the counters.
Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL) scored FAU's run in the eighth after leading off with a single. Joe Yeager reached on an error before Jeff Fiorentino singled to right field off of Joe Horgan to eliminate the shutout.
Colin Porter led the way for the Redbirds with three hits in the leadoff spot in the lineup.
Returning to action on Wednesday night, FAU will take on Florida International in the first game of a four-game series. Wednesday and Saturday the games will be played at University Park in Miami, while Friday and Sunday's contests will be played at FAU Stadium at 7 pm and 11 am, respectively.
Will Mann, Randy Beam, Matt O'Brien and Mike Crotta will get starts against the Golden Panthers.
In 56 precious meetings, FAU has won 23. Last season the two teams split the four-game series. FIU took the first two games and blanked Florida Atlantic 4-0 and 9-0 before FAU bounced back to win the final two 13-7, 20-0.