April 16, 2005
Nashville - Fresh off an opening game victory, the Florida Atlantic University baseball team continued to look sharp in its second match-up with Lipscomb Saturday, defeating the Bison 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. The Blue Wave (21-13, 9-8 A-Sun) manufactured runs in three separate innings and gave up no earned runs in the victory.
The game started out as a pitcher's duel, with neither team able to generate a hit through the first two innings. FAU sophomore right-hander Brandon Kloess (5-1) earned the win by pitching five and two thirds innings with six strikeouts. He allowed no runs, three walks, and four hits. Lipscomb's Zach Duncan threw eight and a third innings with four strikeouts and gave up six hits, three runs, and three walks.
The Blue Wave scored first, notching a run in the top of the third. Sophomore catcher Justin Martin broke up a no-hitter with the first hit for either team, a double to left center. Junior shortstop Alex Fonseca then doubled down the left field line to score Martin from second.
Neither team scored again until the seventh inning, when FAU senior pinch runner Derek Hutton stole home base. The speedster subbed in after sophomore second baseman Tyler Stevens singled to lead off the inning, and he promptly stole second. A groundout by senior outfielder Chris Akins moved him over to third, from where he took off for home, catching Lipscomb by surprise.
Lipscomb (17-19, 4-10) cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Cleckler reached first on a fielding error, quickly stole second, and then stole third. Nathan Sensing drove him home with a single through the right side.
FAU added an insurance run in the ninth, when Akins attempted a sacrifice bunt and made it safely to first on a fielder's choice. The choice wasn't the correct one however, as junior outfielder Tim Mascia, who had earlier doubled, beat the throw and scored from third.
From there, sophomore reliever Mike McBryde closed the game out for his fifth save of the season. McBryde struck out two batters in the inning, including the final batter looking.
FAU will face Lipscomb in the final game of the three-game series Sunday afternoon.
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