March 24, 2007
Florida Atlantic University dropped it second straight game 5-2 to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. The Ragin' Cajuns scored three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win to improve to 19-5, 6-2 SBC, while FAU falls to 18-9, 2-6 SBC.
Justin Phillabaum earned his third start of the season for FAU and had a strong outing. The junior retired the first six batters before allowing a leadoff walk in the third. The runner came around to score with two outs as Josh Logan singled home Matt Hicks with the first hit of the game for UL.
In the fifth inning with two outs, Devon Bourque kept the inning alive with a single before a walk and a Nolan Gisclair single allowed the second run of the contest to score for the 2-0 lead.
The Owls responded with a run in the sixth and seventh inning. With two outs in the sixth, Robbie Widlansky reached after being hit by a pitch, Mike McKenna scored and Daniel Cook singled home Widlansky from second to decrease the lead to one.
Freshman Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg started the seventh inning with a single before being lifted for pinch runner Lou Morey. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner into scoring position before Daniel Bomback stepped to the plate. With a single to center field Morey raced for home and slide head first in at the plate to tie the contest at two.
After issuing a leadoff walk to start the seventh inning, Phillabaum was replaced on the mound by Alex Pepe. Phillabaum eventually suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 after six innings in which he allowed three runs on four hits and struck out three. The go-ahead run came around to score on a sacrifice bunt and two wild pitches.
Hunter Moody earned the win and improves to 3-2 after seven innings of work. He allowed two runs on seven hits.
Mike McKenna paced the FAU offense with a three-for-four performance and raised his batting average on the season to .394
The final game of the series will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. et at Moore Field.