May 11, 2005
Florida International University avenged a loss earlier this season by defeating Florida Atlantic University 7-2 Wednesday night at University Park. FAU falls to 27-19, while FIU improves to 32-18.
Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL) put FAU on the scoreboard in the first inning with his team leading sixth home run of the season. The homerwas one of his game-high three hits on the night.
The Golden Panthers countered back in the third with a run off of FAU starting pitcher Chris Eberhart. The freshman gave up two hits to start the inning and put runners on the corners as Bryan Pullin stepped to the plate. He followed with a ground out for FIU's run to tie the contest. Eberhart closed out the inning with two fly balls and the run would be he only one he surrendered in his five innings of work.
A Mike McKenna (Delray Beach, FL) single and two walks loaded the bases for FAU in the fifth. Ammer Cabrera then gave up an RBI single to Mike McBryde for the 2-1 FAU lead. Cabrera was then relieved by Chris Siebenaler who recorded the final two outs of the inning.
Eberhart was relieved at the top of the sixth inning by left-hander Matt Dunn. The freshman walked the first batter he faced before giving up a single to Yahmed Yema and an RBI single through the right side to Nick Cadena. Ryan Sneir then entered with runners on the corners and struck out James McOwen for the first out. After an intentional walk, a ground ball error led to the third FIU run as Yema crossed the plate. A double play ended the threat with a ground ball to third baseman Robbie Widlansky.
Sneir remained in the game for the beginning of the seventh but after a walk and stolen base by Dennis Diaz, Pullin followed with an RBI single to chase Sneir from the game. Jason Doherty recorded the first out of the inning with a ground ball to third base before Yema recorded his 58th RBI of the season with a double down the right field line as Florida International went up 5-2.
Andrew Tomlin saw his first action of the season since returning from an injury. After issuing an intentional walk he got Corey Lozano to ground out but saw Yema and Cadena cross the plate. The inning ended as a Danny Marquez foul ball was caught along the backstop.
The win ended FAU's seven game winning streak against the Golden Panthers.
Siebenaler earned the win after he worked three innings of three-hit relief. The left-hander improves to 3-0.
FAU's Dunn (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.
FAU returns home on Thursday for a 3 pm doubleheader against Atlantic Sun foe Mercer University. The seniors will be honored on Friday before the 1 pm start.