March 19, 2005
Campbell University split a doubleheader with Florida Atlantic University Saturday afternoon in Buies Creek, NC. FAU took the first game of the afternoon by shutting out the Camels 2-0 on an outstanding pitching performance by Chris Salberg and Mickey Storey. Game two, Campbell's offense came alive to take the third game of the series 8-6.
A pitchers dual in the first game of the doubleheader saw FAU (14-7, 4-2 A-Sun) sneak away with the win with two runs in the final two innings.
Chris Salberg (2-2) held the Camels scoreless in 7 2/3 innings as he struck out four while only allowing five hits and three walks. The sophomore did not allow a runner past second base. Mickey Storey entered in the eighth to pick up the last four outs of the game. He struck out all four batters that he faced to pick up his sixth save of the year. The shutout was the second of the year for FAU.
Campbell starter Lincoln Smith did not allow a hit until a Jonathon Shapland single in the fourth inning. Smith then held FAU hitless until the eighth inning when he gave up a leadoff double to Mike McKenna. A Derek Hutton single moved McKenna to third before Mike McBryde hit a grounder to the shortstop to allow McKenna to score the first run of the game.
Smith (3-3) gave up another leadoff double in the ninth as Shapland picked up his second hit of the game. FAU padded its lead as pinch runner Chris Akins came around to score the second run on a Robbie Widlansky single.
The Camels (12-9, 2-4 A-Sun) found their offense in game two and jumped on the scoreboard in the second inning as Jeff Randol picked up the first hit of the game with two outs. Justin Phillips followed with an RBI double to give Campbell their first run in over 16 innings.
Posting an additional four runs in the next two innings gave the Camels seven hits off of FAU starter Will Mann (West Palm Beach, FL). Two singles started the third inning before Mike Ange picked up two RBI with a single. Phillips delivered the Camels first home run of the series in the fourth and then Mann hit the next batter Jeff Blick. A ground ball by Joe Anthonsen moved Blick into scoring position before Tim Holt singled in the fifth run of the game.
FAU's first three runs came off the bat off Chris Akins (Riviera Beach, FL). Akins walked to the plate in the second with the bases loaded but wasn't able to convert. He had the same opportunity in the fourth and picked up his second hit of the year with a single to plate the first two runs for FAU.
With runners on second and third after a Campbell error, a walk and a balk, Akins walked to the plate in the sixth. The senior picked up another RBI with a ground ball to score Derek Hutton.
Mark Culp who entered in relief of Mann with two outs in the sixth remained in the seventh and gave up three straight base hits before being relieved by Allen Knight. Knight would walk in the first fun before a sacrifice fly scored the second run. A ground ball by Phillips, who finished the afternoon 3-for-4, picked up the final RBI of the afternoon.
FAU tried to battle back again in the ninth and posted two runs. Lemmie Barwick hit Mike McBryde to start the inning. Barwick walked a batter and an error allowed McBryde to score as the Camels recorded their second out. Robbie Widlansky stepped to the plate to pick up his second RBI of the afternoon with a double to right centerfield and pull FAU to within two runs but Florida Atlantic couldn't find the offensive power it needed to post another two runs in the contest.
Florida Atlantic returns home to face Stetson University next weekend in A-Sun action. A doubleheader is slated for 3 pm on Friday followed by a single game on Saturday at 1 pm.