April 30, 2005
Florida Atlantic University's three game winning streak against UCF ended Saturday night at Jay Bergman Field as the no. 25 Golden Knights took an 8-1 win over FAU in the second game of the Atlantic Sun Conference series. UCF improves to 36-10, 15-5 A-Sun while FAU falls to 25-16, 12-11 A-Sun.
The Golden Knights tagged FAU pitcher Mike McBryde with a run for only the fifth time this season in the first inning. A leadoff error was followed by a walk and a fielder's choice to move a runner to third base. Ryan Bono picked up the first hit of the game to drive in the the run of the contest as McBryde made his first career start.
A leadoff base hit in the fourth inning by Brian Lipman led to the first run of the game for FAU. The first baseman advanced to second on a wild pitch and reached third on a Mike McKenna ground out to second. Tim Mascia then picked up his 20th RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Lipman.
UCF took back the lead in the bottom of the frame as McBryde gave up his first home run of the season to Drew Butera. The home run was the fourth of the season for the catcher.
Three runs in the bottom of the third extended the UCF lead to 5-1. Tyson Auer connected on a McBryde pitch with one out for his first home run of the year. After a base hit and a walk, McBryde exited as left-hander Chris Salberg entered in relief. With runners at the corners a wild pitch allowed the second run of the inning to score before a base hit and throwing error saw the UCF lead pushed to four.
After two hits to start the seventh inning FAU was not able to move over the runners and capitalize on the scoring opportunity as UCF starting pitcher Tim Bascom struck out the next three batters he faced.
Bascom improves to 9-2 on the season after he finished with eight innings of work and allowed eight hits and struck out 10.
After throwing 5 1/3 innings, McBryde suffered the loss and falls to 2-1. The sophomore gave up five runs on nine hits and struck out four.
The bottom of the Golden Knights' lineup hurt the FAU pitching staff as Marshall Bernhard, Drew Buera and Tyson Auer each picked up three hits. Butera finished with two RBI to lead the team. The two teams will play the deciding game of the series on Sunday at 1 pm at Jay Bergman Field.