March 12, 2005
Mike McBryde broke a school record with four stolen bases and finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored to lead Florida Atlantic University to a three-game sweep over Gardner-Webb to open conference play. FAU closed out the series with a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
McBryde (N. Palm Beach, FL) led off the first inning with a base hit to right field and proceeded to steal second base. The sophomore outfielder then stole third and a throwing error on the play allowed him to score FAU's first run of the contest.
Five straight base hits in the third inning off of GWU starter Wes Cogdill plated another two runs. Cogdill (0-3) worked five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out two. He gave up his final run in the fifth inning with two outs. McBryde drew a two-out walk and stole second base before a Alex Fonseca double allowed the final run to score for FAU (12-5, 3-0 A-Sun).
The Bulldogs (6-10, 0-3 A-Sun) fought back in the sixth off of FAU starting pitcher Will Mann (West Palm Beach, FL). Mann only faced two over the minimum through the first five innings before he allowed a leadoff single to Joey Testa (Wellington, FL) in the sixth. After moving to second on a ground ball, Testa crossed the plate on a Blake Lalli double.
Mann (2-1) did not allow another base hit after the inning and finished with eight innings of work before closer Mickey Storey entered to pick up his fifth save of the year. Storey struck out two but allowed a home run to Lalli for GWU's second run of the contest.
Florida Atlantic returns to action on Tuesday when Rutgers visits Boca Raton. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 pm.