March 30, 2005
A 14 hit effort on Wednesday night led to an 11-5 Florida Atlantic University win over Harvard University at FAU Stadium. It was the largest run production of the season for FAU as it moves to 16-9 on the year.
For the third time in the last four games, FAU posted at least three runs in the first inning. A two-run home run by Robbie Widlansky started the scoring. Mike McKenna followed with the third straight hit of the inning, a double to left field. Bobby DiLiberto pushed McKenna across the plate with a double down the left field line to give FAU the 3-0 lead.
The three-run lead was short-lived as the Crimson (6-6) used back-to-back home runs to tie the game at three in the bottom of the frame. Steffan Wilson picked up his team-leading fourth homer of the season wile Schuyler Mann found the opposite side of the left field fence for the second time this year.
Brandon Kloess combined with Jason Costello and Mike Salivar to shut out the Crimson until the ninth when they picked up an additional two runs off of Chris Eberhart. Eberhart allowed one earned run on three hits in the ninth inning.
Kloess (3-1) pitched a career-high six innings with a career-high six strikeouts in his second collegiate start. He was supported by FAU's highest run production of the season.
Widlansky plated the winning run in the second inning on a ground out to the second baseman before a double steal put FAU up by two as Mike McBryde touched home on his 20th stolen base of the season.
McBryde led the FAU offense with a three-for-five performance with three runs scored. Alex Silversmith, Widlansky and Mike McKenna each added multiple hit games, while Widlansky finished with a career-high three RBI in the win.
Florida Atlantic posted runs in six separate innings on the way to a 14-hit team effort.
Rob Wheeler made his first appearance on the mound for the Crimson and suffered the loss after he worked 2 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits.
Third baseman Steffan Wilson led the offensive attack going 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
FAU returns to Atlantic Sun action this weekend as the team travels to Jacksonville to face the Dolphins. Game times are scheduled for noon on Friday, 6 pm on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday. Chris Salberg, Mike Crotta and Will Mann will take the mound for FAU.