March 2, 2005
For the second straight year the Florida Atlantic University baseball team got a taste of professional baseball. The squad took on the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Mike McKenna came up with two RBI for FAU in the 8-2 Cardinals' win.
FAU took a 2-1 lead in the second inning as centerfielder Tim Mascia drew a walk off of pitcher Nerio Rodriguez with two outs. Alex Silversmith moved Mascia into scoring position with a single into centerfield before McKenna came to the plate. The freshman laced a single to the outfield fence to score Mascia and Silversmith.
The Cardinals battled back to take the lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Hector Luna, Scott Seabol and Mike Mahoney collected three straight hits off of FAU starter Jason Costello before a sacrifice fly by Reid Gorecki gave St. Louis the lead for good.
Six FAU pitchers saw action out of the bullpen and gave up three earned runs.
Florida Atlantic picked up five hits off of St. Louis' five pitchers.
Former FAU pitcher Carmen Cali ('98-'00) closed out the game for the Cardinals against his former team and retired the side. Cali saw his first action in pro ball last season with the Cardinals.