April 24, 2005
Troy University used 27 hits to take game three and the Atlantic Sun Conference series from Florida Atlantic University 19-9 Sunday afternoon. Both teams combined for 43 hits and all starters recorded a hit as Troy improved to 29-11, 18-4 A-Sun and FAU fell to 24-15, 11-10 A-Sun.
The Trojans jumped up 8-0 in the first three innings. The team tagged FAU starter Jason Costello (Clearwater, FL) for three runs in the first inning as the first three batters singled before Henry Gutierrez drove in three runs with his 13 homer of the year. Adam Godwin added Troy's fourth run in the second inning with a home run of his own, his second of the year.
Costello exited in the third when Mike Crotta (Palm City, FL) entered in relief. The sophomore worked the next 2 2/3 innings and allowed 12 hits and nine runs before Will Mann (West Palm Beach, FL) and Chris Salberg (Rockford, IL) entered to finish the game. Mann gave up five runs on nine hits in four innings and Salberg closed out the game by recording the final out.
FAU managed to get within 8-6 in the bottom of the fourth after four runs crossed the plate in the third and Bobby DiLiberto homered in the fourth followed by a Tyler Stevens sacrifice bunt to score Justin Martin to give Florida Atlantic hope. But the Trojans crushed FAU's hope with six runs in the next frame to pull away again.
Alex Fonseca (Tallahassee, FL) homered in the eighth and an unearned run crossed the plate but the FAU offense could not mount a comeback against Falls. He improves to 6-2 after he threw the final six innings and allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out six.
"The story of the game was Falls," said FAU coach Kevin Cooney. "He came in and shut us down after we had gained some momentum."
Mike McBryde (N. Palm Beach, FL) led FAU with a 4-for-6 effort at the plate while Tyler Stevens (West Palm Beach, FL) and Fonseca both finished with two RBI. Troy hitters Godwin and Dru Rymer both finished with four hits while Godwin finished with five RBI.
FAU will start a seven-game road stint on Friday when the team travels to UCF for a three-game A-Sun series. Friday and Saturday's games are scheduled for 6 pm with Sunday's first pitch projected for 1 pm.