April 29, 2005
Mickey Storey threw eight innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters and Florida Atlantic University's offense exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning to defeat no. 25 UCF 8-6 Friday night at Jay Bergman Field. FAU improves to 25-15, 12-10 A-Sun, while UCF falls to 35-10, 14-5 A-Sun.
After squandering scoring chances in the first and third innings, FAU pushed across its first run of the game with two hits in the fourth inning. With one out, freshman Mike McKenna (Delray Beach, FL) doubled down the left field line. The first baseman moved to third on a wild pitch from UCF starting pitcher Darren Newlin. Jonathon Shapland then connected on a blooper into centerfield for his 15th RBI of the season and 11th in his last seven games.
FAU relinquished its lead in the bottom of the frame as FAU starter Mickey Storey gave up a leadoff double to John-Michael Howell. Howell would score on the next play as Marshall Bernahrd reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error as Howell crossed the plate. After loading the bases the number nine hitter, Tyson Auer, singled through the left side for the 2-1 UCF lead.
Seven runs on six hits in the sixth inning including a three-run Robbie Widlanksy (Coral Springs, FL) home run put FAU up 8-2 in the first game of the A-Sun series. It was the fourth home run of the season for the sophomore as he recorded the final three RBI in the inning.
Brian Lipman (Moorpark, CA) started the inning with a single and moved to second on a walk before a Jonathon Shapland single to left field allowed Lipman to slide home for a run. With one out against relief pitcher Brian Brooks the next three FAU batters found a left field hole. A Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) single for an additional to two runs, a Tyler Stevens (West Palm Beach, FL) single and a Mike McBryde (N. Palm Beach, FL) RBI single all found the left side of the outfield as the FAU offense roughed up Brooks and Ray Rodriguez.
The Golden Knights battled back for two runs in the bottom of the sixth with three singles and added a run in the eighth after a two-out double by Matt Ray. A base hit and an error allowed Ray to score to bring the score within three at 8-5.
In his fourth start of the season Storey (Deerfield Beach, FL) improved to 6-1 after he worked struck out eight and allowed five runs on 11 hits and three walks.
Mike McBryde recorded his eighth save of the season after he got the final out of the game.
Newlin suffered the loss after he threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out three. He falls to 8-2.