April 17, 2005
NASHVILLE, TN -- The Florida Atlantic University baseball team outlasted Lipscomb 12-11 in ten innings Sunday. The Blue Wave (22-13, 10-8 A-Sun) got several big hits in the wild victory.
Lipscomb (17-20, 4-11) grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Preston Embrey led off the inning with a double to leftfield, then moved to third on Tadd Brewer's sacrifice bunt. Nathan Sensing drove him home with a double of his own to left center. Finally, after stealing third, Sensing reached home on a groundout.
FAU came back to score a run in the second inning. Junior shortstop Alex Fonseca led things off with a double down the leftfield line and soon moved to third on a lineout by freshman catcher Robert Yodice. Freshman infielder Daniel Cook then came through with a sac fly to leftfield, scoring Fonseca.
The Blue Wave grabbed the lead, 3-2, in the top of the fourth. Yodice doubled to right center, and then scored when Cook singled to left. On the play, Lipscomb leftfielder Nick Bruning allowed the ball to squirt through his legs, moving Cook to third. Cook then scored when another error at first base prevented the inning's final out.
Senior designated hitter Brian Lipman led off the following inning with a single to leftfield. After moving to second on a balk, he reached third on junior shortstop Alex Fonseca's single to centerfield. Junior outfielder Jonathon Shapland then drove him home with a single through the left side, giving FAU a 4-2 lead.
Lipman struck again in the sixth, hitting a two-run home run to left field. The homer scored sophomore outfielder Mike McBryde who had singled earlier in the inning, and gave the Blue Wave a 6-2 lead.
The four-run lead was short-lived, as Lipscomb scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull back within a run. Bruning drove home Patrick O'Rourke, who had earlier singled, with a single of his own. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Embrey singled to right field, scoring Bruning and Jeff Baumgartner.
Leading 6-5 in the seventh, FAU extended its lead again with a Shapland two-run home run. The shot to leftfield drove in Fonseca, who walked as the lead-off hitter.
Lipscomb responded again in the bottom half, scoring three runs to tie it up. A hit batsman with the bases loaded drove in a run, and then pinch hitter Whit Reed hit a ground rule double to right field, scoring Baumgartner and Bruning.
The Blue Wave recaptured the lead in the eighth on a two-out single up the middle by Shapland. The play scored sophomore infielder Robbie Widlansky, who had earlier singled and stole second.
Trailing 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Lipscomb forced extra innings on an RBI single from Bruning. The single to centerfield scored pinch runner Matt Thomas from second.
A surprise bunt in the tenth by lead-off man Lipman got him to first, and a throwing error got him to second. Then with two outs, the Blue Wave received back-to-back home runs from Shapland and sophomore catcher Justin Martin to go up 12-9.
Nursing a 12-9 lead, FAU gave up two runs in the tenth, but McBryde, who had entered as a reliever for the second time this weekend, struck out the final two batters to earn the victory.
FAU now returns to Boca Raton for a Wednesday match-up with Bethune-Cookman.