March 26, 2005
Ryan Heacox shut down the Florida Atlantic University offense for the third time in three games as he earned a save in Stetson University's 5-4 win on Saturday afternoon at FAU Stadium. The Hatters took the series with their second one-run win in as many games. Robbie Widlansky led FAU with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with two RBI.
Despite leaving 12 runners on base, Stetson battled back from a 4-0 deficit after the first inning. FAU put up all four of its runs in the first inning off of starter Cy McCuen. McCuen was chased after the fourth inning. He finished the afternoon after allowing four runs on six hits.
Two of FAU's runs came on a two-run Robbie Widlansky single in the first. Jonathon Shapland followed with an RBI single for the only runs of the game for FAU as the Stetson pitchers held Florida Atlantic to four hits in the next five innings.
Stetson (16-10, 5-4 A-Sun) put up its first run of the contest in the second inning. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Will Mann allowed three straight base hits to the Hatters who lead the Atlantic Sun Conference in batting average.
In the fifth inning, three runs on three base hits tied the game at four after catcher David Golliner produced his only hit of the game, a two-run single to give Stetson its fourth run of the game.
Allen Knight (1-2) entered in relief for FAU in the sixth and gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. An error allowed Nick Palmisano to reach base to start the inning. He moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt and over to third on a ground out. Shane Jordan stepped to the plate with two outs and produced an infield single to score Palmisano for the win.
Cameron Abel (2-1) earned the win as he pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed two hits and struck out two. Heacox picked up his first save of the year and working the last 1 2/3 innngs.
Florida Atlantic returns to action on Wednesday at FAU Stadium. The team will face Harvard at 7 pm before traveling to Jacksonville for a three-game series with the Dolphins. Friday's contest is scheduled for noon followed by a 6 pm start on Saturday and 1 pm start on Sunday.