April 22, 2005
Florida Atlantic University used three doubles and four runs in the seventh inning to knock off the top team in the Atlantic Sun Conference, Troy University, 6-3 Friday night at FAU Stadium. Jonathan Shapland knocked in the go-ahead run with a double and finished the night 3-for-4 with two RBI.
After the leadoff batter reached on an error in the seventh, FAU (24-13, 11-8 A-Sun), put together four hits as Mike McBryde reached on a single. After the Trojans recorded an out, Robbie Widlansky recorded a double with a chopper over the first baseman's head to tie the game. Shapland (Dunedin, FL) then collected his eighth double of the season and put FAU up for good. Brian Lipman (Moorpark, CA) added an insurance run with the third straight double off of Troy starting pitcher Landon Brazell.
"That was a great inning of clutch hitting against a good pitcher," said FAU head coach Kevin Cooney.
Brazell (7-2) pitched a complete game but suffered the loss as he gave up six runs on 12 hits and struck out eight.
His counterpart, FAU's Mickey Storey (Deerfield Beach, FL) improved to 5-1 in his third start of the season. The freshman worked seven innings and allowed three runs on eight hits before being relieved by closer Mike McBryde (N. Palm Beach, FL). McBryde worked the final two innings and allowed one hit and struck out one to earn his seventh save of the year.
"Storey struggled early and did not have his curveball but then settled in," said Cooney. "He gave us a chance to get back in the game and we scored at the perfect time to use McBryde to close out the game."
The Trojans (27-11, 15-4 A-Sun) took advantage of Storey in the second and third innings as they picked up three runs. Three straight hits to lead off the second saw two runs cross the plate for the early 2-0 advantage before Troy took advantage of a walk in the third to score on a Chase Amis single. Amis finished with 2-for-4 with two RBI.
In the third inning, FAU scored a run on an RBI single by Mike McBryde. With two runners on, Robbie Widlansky fell two feet short of tying the game with a deep fly ball to right field. Right fielder Dru Rymer backed up to the wall and caught Widlansky's ball at the top of the fence to end FAU's scoring threat.
FAU picked up its second run on one of Troy's three errors in the sixth inning. With runners on first and second, Lipman singled to left field but a throwing error allowed Shapland to score from third as Florida Atlantic scored four unearned runs on the night.
The three-game A-Sun series will continue on Saturday with a 1 pm meeting. Brent Adcock is expected to face Brandon Kloess.