April 6, 2005
A 16-run second inning propelled Florida Atlantic University to an 18-5 win over visiting Florida International University Wednesday night at FAU Stadium. The FIU pitching staff walked five batters, hit two and gave up 10 hits as Florida Atlantic jumped out to an 18-1 lead over the Golden Panthers.
FIU (22-12) picked up two quick hits off of starter Brandon Kloess in the first inning but both runners were picked off the base paths trying to steal as Florida International seemed to lose its momentum.
FAU also managed to get its first two batters on base as Mike McBryde (N. Palm Beach, FL) was hit by a pitch and Alex Fonseca singled with no one out. A double play left McBryde on third as what appeared to be a huge inning disintegrated. Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL) took advantage of the opportunity as he delivered his third home run of the season over the left field fence for the 2-0 lead.
"There were two turning points in that game," said FAU head coach Kevin Cooney. "We did a good job of handling their running game in the first inning after their top base stealer got on. The second key point was Robbie Widlansky hitting a home run off of the left-handed pitcher with two out and a runner on third base."
As the momentum started to swing, FAU (18-11) provided the knock out punch with its 16 runs in the second as FIU lost all steam. The team batted through the order twice and FAU made 21 plate appearances.
Chris Siebenaler was the third FIU pitcher to enter the game and he finally quieted the FAU bats as he worked 4 2/3 innings and did not allow a run on three hits.
Jon Banke (1-1) suffered the loss after he was chased after one inning of work and allowed nine runs on four hits and three walks. Matt Rainey was the other Golden Panther to struggle on the mound. He gave up nine runs on six hits in 1/3 of an inning.
Brandon Kloess (4-1) picked up the win for FAU as he worked five innings and allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out a career-high seven batters in his third midweek start.
Michael Lopez and Nick Cedana both finished with three hits for the Golden Panthers
FAU Stadium will be the sight of this weekend's conference series with Belmont University. Friday and Saturday's games are slated for 7 pm with the first pitch on Sunday slated for 11 am.