March 26, 2005
Florida Atlantic University opened up an Atlantic Sun Conference series with Stetson University on Friday afternoon with a 9-7 win before dropping the second game of the doubleheader 6-5 to the Hatters. Tim Mascia picked up his first home run of the season to tie game one before Mike McKenna came through with the game winning hit.
Game one of the series saw 28 hits, 16 runs and six errors result in a 9-7 FAU win in the bottom of the seventh inning. After posting three runs in the first inning, two on an Alex Fonseca single, Stetson rallied back to take a 5-3 lead in the fourth. Three straight base hits to start the inning off of FAU pitcher Mike Crotta were followed by a Chris Johnson RBI single and a John Destefano sacrifice fly to give the Hatters their largest lead of the afternoon.
FAU (15-8, 5-3 A-Sun) regained the lead in the fifth on three unearned runs off of Ryan Dixon. Dixon (3-2) finished the afternoon after six innings. He gave up nine runs on 11 hits. He gave up his final runs in the seventh inning. Mascia (Wellington, FL) started the inning with a solo homer before Fonseca and Brian Lipman followed with singles. Widlansky then drew a walk to load the bases before McKenna came through with the game-winning hit, a double down the left field line to score two runs. The freshman leads the team with 16 RBI in 14 games.
Jason Costello (1-0) picked up the win for FAU with 3 2/3 innings of work. The senior gave up two runs on four hits and struck out two. Mickey Storey picked up his seventh save of the season after he worked the final two innings.
The top three hitters on the FAU lineup card, Mike McBryde, Mascia and Fonseca each finished with multiple hits and Fonseca produced a game-high three RBI.
Stetson (15-10, 4-4 A-Sun) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two as the leadoff hitters reached base in the first four innings against starter Chris Salberg. FAU regained the lead in the bottom of the six after McKenna and Widlansky singled to start the inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, McByde drove in two runs to take a 5-4 lead.
John Destefano answered in the seventh inning with a two-run home run which proved to be the winning hit. Destefano finished the game 4-for-5 with four RBI.
Brandon Kloess (0-1) suffered the loss for FAU after giving up the home run, while Ryan Heacox picked up the win by pitching the final four innings and allowing two hits and striking out three. Heacox pitched six innings on the day and did not allow a run.
McBryde returned to action on the mound for FAU and struck out five in 1 2/3 innings.
The final game of the series will start on Saturday at 1 pm. Cy McCuen is expected to face FAU's Will Mann.
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