March 18, 2005
Florida Atlantic University's four-game winning streak ended on Friday with a 7-6 loss to Campbell. Mike McBryde finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with his first career home run while Mike McKenna led the team with three RBI and his team-leading third home run.
The Camels (11-8, 1-3 A-Sun) jumped up 3-0 on FAU in the first inning. FAU starter Mike Crotta (PalmCity, FL) gave up hits to Joe Anthonsen and Tim Holt to start the game. Crotta (4-1) then recorded one of his three strikeouts in the inning before a Mike Ange picked up his third RBI of the year with a two-run double to right centerfield. A throwing error allowed the third run of the inning to cross the plate.
FAU (13-6, 3-1 A-Sun) left five runners stranded in the first two innings before two runs crossed the plate in the third to cut the Campbell lead to one. Joe Waldecker gave up a leadoff walk to Jonathon Shapland (Dunedin, FL) and Brian Lipman (Moorpark, CA) followed with a double before two errors led to two runs.
Both teams were plagued by sloppy defense as they combined for eight errors.
One error, four hits and a walk led to an additional four runs in the third inning for the Camels. The seven runs by Campbell was the third most allowed by the FAU pitching staff this season.
FAU tried to make a comeback by scoring four runs in the last three innings as Jason Costello kept the Campbell offense in check. McBryde's home run came on the first pitch of the seventh inning. In the eighth with the bases loaded, Derek Hutton scored on a wild pitch.
Lipman gave FAU hope in the ninth with a leadoff double before a two-run home run by McKenna decreased the FAU deficit to one. The next two hitters were unable to convert as Lemmie Barwick recorded the final two outs.
Costello was the only pitcher to enter in relief for FAU as he worked three innings and struck out three while only allowing two hits.
The two teams will close out the series on Saturday with a doubleheader at noon.