April 20, 2005
Boca Raton, FL - A 48-12 series lead wasn't going to guarantee a win for the FAU Blue Wave against Bethune-Cookman Wednesday afternoon; the team still needed to execute. They answered the call and did, to the tune of a 7-4 victory at FAU Field.
Due to holding a commanding series lead with the Wildcats, who entered the game with a losing record, FAU could have easily looked ahead to this weekend's home series with Troy, the current leaders in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Instead, the Blue Wave (23-13) spread out ten hits and seven runs over nine innings, while committing just one error in a game the team might have been expected to lose focus in.
Sophomore right-hander Mike Crotta (5-3) earned the win for FAU, striking out six and walking one in five innings of work. Sophomore outfielder/reliever Mike McBryde notched his sixth save of the year, allowing no hits or runs after entering in the ninth.
FAU's first runs came in the second inning. Sophomore third baseman Robbie Widlansky walked to lead things off and reached second on a groundout. From there, he advanced to third on junior outfielder Jonathon Shapland's single to the right side, and then he scored thanks to sophomore infielder Tyler Stevens' sacrifice bunt to the right side. The play moved Shapland to second base, and he later scored when Bethune-Cookman's shortstop overthrew first.
Down 2-0, BCC (18-24) came back to tie things up in the top of the fourth. Omar Borges doubled and then moved to third on a passed ball. Nabil Sagbini singled up the middle for the RBI. A sac bunt then moved Sagbini to second, he promptly stole third, and Jon Roberts got him home with a single through the left side.
FAU answered with two runs in the bottom half. After Stevens singled and was moved over to second on a sac bunt, McBryde tripled to left center to score him. McBryde then reached home when junior shortstop Alex Fonseca singled up the middle.
Leading 4-2, the Blue Wave padded its lead with two more runs in the seventh inning. With Fonseca on first and junior outfielder Tim Mascia on second, FAU executed a successful double steal. BCC's catcher overthrew third on the play, which allowed Mascia to score from third. Fonseca then scored a batter later on Widlansky's single to left center.
Back-to-back home runs off FAU relief pitcher Allen Knight pulled BCC back to within two runs in the eighth inning. Rob Caruso first homered to right, and then Ryan Ghianda followed with a home run to left.
The Blue Wave grabbed its final run in the eighth when freshman pinch hitter Robert Yodice scored from third on a wild pitch. He had first singled, advanced to second on another wild pitch, and reached third on a Stevens groundout.
FAU will begin its three-game home series with Troy Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
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