March 6, 2005
Florida Atlantic University completed its second series sweep of the season with a 3-1 win over UNLV in Las Vegas. Jonathon Shapland came up with the game-winning hit to score Alex Silversmith in the eighth inning for the sweep. FAU improves to 9-4, while the Rebels drop to 3-13.
After being held hitless through the first three innings, FAU picked up its first hit and run in the fourth inning. Jonathon Shapland (Dunedin, FL) led off the inning with a single followed by a Brian Lipman (Moorpark, CA) single through the left side to move Shapland into scoring position. With one out, third baseman Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL) stepped to the plate and drove in Shapland with a single past the UNLV shortstop.
After FAU scored a run, UNLV pitcher Matt Luca retired the next 11 batters, while the Rebel offense tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Two base hits off of FAU starting pitcher Will Mann (West Palm Beach, FL) saw the Rebels reach the FAU bullpen. Allen Knight came in and struck out the first batter he faced before a JC Lang single down the left field line past a diving Robbie Widlansky tied the contest at one.
Luca (0-4) gave up his first hit in four innings to catcher Justin Martin to start the eighth inning. Pinch runner Silversmith moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and Luca allowed a free pass to Tim Mascia before Shapland gave FAU the go-ahead run. A double to right centerfield plated the winning run and an error on the play resulted in FAU's third run of the game.
Mickey Storey (Deerfield Beach, FL) entered to close out the game and struck out the side in the eighth. He ran into trouble in the ninth with runners on the corner with no outs. But the freshman got the next two batters to pop up before a line drive found shortstop Alex Fonseca to end the game. Storey earned his third save of the year.
Mann did not receive a decision after he worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run on six hits. Allen Knight and Mark Culp came out of the pen and pitched 1/3 of an inning each. Culp picked up his first win of the year as he struck out the final batter in the seventh inning.
FAU returns home to face Boston College on Wednesday before opening conference play on Friday against Gardner-Webb University.