May 6, 2005
Florida Atlantic University suffered an extra inning loss to no. 6 Georgia Tech 5-4 Friday night in Atlanta, GA. Freshman Mickey Storey pitched eight innings and struck out eight and the FAU offense connected for three home runs. FAU falls to 26-17, while GT improves to 33-12.
Storey gave up a home run to the first batter he faced of the night, Tyler Greene, but then settled down against the Yellow Jackets. He allowed a hit in the second but then retired the next 12 batters until he issued a walk to Greene in the sixth.
Alex Fonseca (Tallahassee, FL) tied the game for FAU in the third inning with a home run to left field. The homer was the third of the season for the junior and third in the last six games.
In the fifth inning, Jonathon Shapland gave FAU its seventh multiple home run game of the season and the lead with his third home run of the year to left field. Justin Martin followed it up with a double down the left field line. After a sacrifice bunt by Mike McBryde, Martin scored as Fonseca picked up his second RBI of the night with a single up the middle.
The third FAU home run came in the eighth inning. Robbie Widlansky hit his fifth homer of the season over the right centerfield fence for the 4-1 lead. After GT starter, Lee Hyde walked the next batter he exited the game.
Georgia Tech rallied in the bottom of the ninth. After Greene picked up a leadoff double against Storey, McBryde entered to close out the game. Steven Blackwood singled through the left side to make the score 4-2.
The first out in the ninth came on a caught foul ball and then Wes Hodges singled to third base. A diving Robbie Widlansky kept the ball in the infield with a diving stop to keep the runners at first and second. McBryde then recorded a strikeout before Jeff Kindel came up with the game tying hit, a two-run double down the right field line.
In the 10th inning, Justin Martin led off with a single. After an Alex Fonseca single and a Georgia Tech error, FAU had the bases loaded. The team was not able to push across a run with one out as Tim Gustafson recorded a strike out for the second out of the inning before a pop fly left three on base.
The Yellow Jacket offense continued to rough up McBryde in the 10th. After a leadoff walk to Danny Payne, McBryde recorded a strikeout but a wild pitch moved Payne to second. After an intentional walk, Blackwood had the game-winning hit with a single to right field.
Lee Hyde worked 7 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, three were home runs. He walked two and struck out six. Gustafson (4-1) picked up the win after he worked 2 2/3 innings and struck out three while allowing two hits.
McBryde suffered his second loss of the season and falls to 2-2 after he allowed three runs on four hits and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Storey did not receive a decision after he threw eight innings and struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits.
The three-game non-conference series will continue on Saturday at 7 pm. FAU's Brandon Kloess is expected to face Blake Wood.
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