April 9, 2005
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic baseball team salvaged a conference series as well as the day's doubleheader with Belmont by defeating the Bruins (17-14, 5-9 A-Sun) 13-5 Saturday night. The FAU Blue Wave (19-12, 7-7 A-Sun) lost the first game of the doubleheader 10-6 and trailed in the second game 4-1 befaore exploding for 12 runs through the final six innings.
Junior rightfielder Tim Mascia ignited the rally with a double to right field in the fourth inning. After Mascia advanced to third on a wild pitch, senior designated hitter Brian Lipman hit a shot at the third baseman that couldn't be reeled in, and FAU had suddenly trimmed the Bruin lead to two runs.
Following a Tyler Stevens single through the left side and a failed sac bunt resulting in a fielder's choice by Justin Martin, sophomore centerfielder Mike McBryde hit his second home run of the season, a towering shot to leftfield that gave his team a lead which would only momentarily be relinquished.
A long triple that glanced off the glove of McBryde put Belmont's Wilson Tucker on third base, where he would score from a few plays later. With one out, Ben Petsch hit a dribbler which was fielded by FAU shortstop Alex Fonseca, who promptly threw home to prevent the run. However his throw was off, and the Bruins grabbed an unearned run.
Once again, the Blue Wave struck back and put the winning runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Stevens recorded his second hit of the day with his single to first base, and then McBryde came through in the clutch again with a two-run home run, his second of the day. From there, FAU tacked on six more insurance runs in the seventh to close the game out.
The game mirrored the early game of the day, except with the two teams trading roles. In Game 1, FAU built an early lead before surrendering the lead in the middle innings and eventually losing.
A five-run fifth inning sparked by two home runs ultimately doomed the Blue Wave. First, Belmont centerfielder Kane Simmons hit a two-run shot to left field to cut an early 3-0 deficit to just one run. After that, third baseman Matt Reynolds gave the Bruins the lead for good with his three-run homer to the same spot.
FAU will take on Belmont in the rubber match of the three-game series Sunday at 11:00 a.m.