Mike McKenna picked up two hits for FAU
April 3, 2005
Jacksonville University took the third game of the Atlantic Sun Conference series against Florida Atlantic University 8-7 to win the series. FAU battled back in the eighth to within one run but could not overcome a four-run deficit to win Sunday afternoon's contest.
FAU starter Will Mann find himself in trouble early but worked out of a jam in the first as the Dolphins left the bases loaded.
JU starting pitcher Kyle DeVries worked himself into a jam in the top of the second as he loaded the bases on a Tyler Stevens and Chris Akins singles before walking Derek Hutton. An error by shortstop Matt Lopez allowed the first two runs of the contest to cross the plate as FAU enjoyed its first lead of the series since Friday night.
The lead was short lived as the Dolphins scored two in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Doug Fowler and Pete Clifford picked up back-to-back singles before a Logan James two-run double tied the contest.
Bobby DiLiberto (Chicago, IL) picked up his second home run of the season in the fourth inning off of DeVries to regain the lead at 3-2.
Daniel Murphy tied the game again in the fifth after leading off with a single. After stealing second, the right fielder scored on a Matt Lopez single. A four-run sixth inning by the Dolphins sealed the win as FAU only gave up one hit while walking four and allowing two runs to score on passed balls.
FAU rallied in the eighth with three runs of their own as the team loaded the bases with two walks and a Mike McKenna double. The freshman was one of the three FAU players to record two hits. A Bobby DiLiberto sacrifice fly scored the first run of the frame before a walk by Tim Mascia posted FAU's sixth run. Pinch hitter Robert Yodice picked up the final RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field to scored FAU's final run.
Will Mann (2-3) suffered the loss for FAU after he threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out three.
JU starter DeVries earned the win after he worked 7 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out two.
Five Jacksonville hitters recorded two hits while third baseman James Logan picked up three RBI.
It was the first time since 1994 that Jacksonville has won the series against Florida Atlantic.