April 16, 2005
Nashville - Looking to get back on track in Atlantic Sun play, the Florida Atlantic baseball team came up big Friday night as they defeated Lipsomb 10-2. The Blue Wave (20-13, 8-8 A-Sun) received great pitching from its starter and saw senior designated hitter Brian Lipman hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to break the game wide open. Lipman's grand slam gave the Blue Wave its final 10-2 winning margin.
Freshman righthander Mickey Storey, who normally pitches out of the bullpen , received just his second career start Friday night. In the longest outing of his career, Storey pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, and one walk while striking out five.
FAU broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the third inning. Sophomore infielder Jordan Hafer led off the inning with a double to centerfield and reached third on a balk. After senior infielder Derek Hutton walked, sophomore outfielder Mike McBryde drove in Hafer with a single to centerfield. McBryde and Hafer then executed a double steal, and Hutton reached home on junior shortstop Alex Fonseca's RBI fly out.
The Blue Wave added a run in the next inning, when Hafer singled down the right field line to score sophomore catcher Alex Silversmith from second. Silversmith had reached second base on a single and a stolen base.
Lipscomb (17-18, 4-9) got their only runs in the bottom half of the inning on a pair of solo home runs. First Ryan Mitchell hit a home run to right center to lead off the inning, and then two batters later, Patrick O'Rourke knocked one out to left field.
FAU added two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 5-2 lead. In the sixth, Silversmith first reached on an error, and then advanced to second when Hafer walked. McBryde then punched a single through the right side to score Silversmith. The Owls then got a run in the seventh on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, with Fonseca scoring from third.
FAU is next in action Saturday afternoon when the team takes on Lipscomb in game two of the three-game series.