April 10, 2005
Boca Raton, FL - Following a split in Saturday's doubleheader, the Florida Atlantic baseball team came into Sunday's final contest with Belmont in need of a victory. The Blue Wave could not come up with it however, as they fell 8-5 to the Bruins, lowering their overall record to 19-13 and Atlantic Sun Conference record to 7-8.
FAU entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 8-3, but quickly rallied and nearly came all the way back. Senior designated hitter Brian Lipman started the inning off with a double to left center. After a lineout by sophomore second baseman Tyler Stevens, sophomore catcher Alex Silversmith drew a walk, and then both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Sophomore centerfielder Mike McBryde grabbed his seventh RBI of the series when he singled a bouncer to the right that couldn't be snagged by the Belmont second baseman. Junior shortstop Alex Fonseca then gave FAU another run with an RBI single up the middle, and FAU trailed just 8-5 with two runners on base.
Freshman first baseman Mike McKenna advanced McBryde to third with a deep fly ball to centerfield, but Belmont reliever Blake Owen ended the final FAU threat by forcing sophomore third baseman Robbie Widlansky to groundout to third base for the final out.
Belmont (18-14, 6-9 A-Sun) got a solid day out of starting pitcher Justin Jordan, who struck out seven hitters, giving up eight hits and three runs in seven innings.
As it turned out, with Jordan pitching well, the Bruins scored the winning runs in the fifth inning. Belmont centerfielder Kane Simmons, who had a huge series with eight hits, five RBI, and two home runs, doomed FAU again with his two-out, three-run home run to deep right center.
The homer put the Bruins up 7-3, and they added a final run in the eighth, thanks to some sloppy play by FAU. Brad Dobner first reached base on a strikeout wild pitch and then moved all the way to third on a throwing error. Brandon Paetznick drove him home with a lineout to left field.
The game looked to be high scoring from the very beginning. Belmont scored two runs in the first inning on a Dennis Gomez two-run home run to grab a 2-0 lead, before FAU came back to tie it up in the bottom half. Junior rightfielder Tim Mascia singled up the middle to score Fonseca from second, and then the Blue Wave executed a double steal with Mascia reaching second and Widlansky scoring from third.
FAU followed that up by grabbing its only lead of the ballgame in the second inning when Lipman hit a towering home run to left center to lead off the inning.
Belmont recaptured the lead for good in the third inning on a pair of RBI singles, the first from Ben Petsch and the second from Wilson Tucker.
FAU is next in action Friday evening when the team travels to Nashville to take on Lipscomb in a three-game conference series.