March 10, 2006
Down by two runs in the ninth inning, Florida Atlantic University loaded the bases with one out but could not plate the necessary runs as it fell to Mercer University 6-4 on Friday night at Claude Smith Field. Mickey Storey tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings but suffered the loss.
Storey (2-3) issued a walk to start the first inning. Sean McCahill advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored as Shawn Barrett singled up the middle for his sixth RBI of the year.
Eric Renfroe struck in the third for a solo home run to increase the Mercer lead to 2-0. The Bears strung together three straight base hits in the fifth inning to go ahead by three on Barrett's second RBI of the night.
FAU (8-9, 0-1 A-Sun) left a runner stranded in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before capitalizing with four runs in the seventh inning. Jordan Hafer led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch before Alex Silversmith doubled to put two runners into scoring position for Alex Fonseca. Fonseca singled down the line past the third baseman for the Owls' first two runs of the contest. After a double off of the bat of Tim Mascia, Daniel Cook drove home two more runs to tie the game at four with a single to right field.
The Bears (11-8, 1-0 A-Sun) took the lead back in the bottom of the ninth. Shawn Barrett started the inning with a double. After Storey recorded one of his strikeouts, an intentional walk was issued to Tyler McCarty to set up the double play. But a single by Jason Lowey put Mercer up by one run and another single by Billy Shaughnessy padded the Mercer run by two.
Andrew Urena (2-0) earned the win by pitching the final three innings of the game. He allowed two runs and three walks and struck out three.
Mascia, Cook, Silversmith and Jonathon Shapland each picked up two hits to lead FAU. Barrett led Mercer going 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBI.
The game started 30 minutes late due to rain and an hour delay occurred in the eighth inning. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed until Saturday. The Saturday doubleheader will now start at noon.