May 12, 2005
Florida Atlantic University swept a doubleheader from visiting Mercer University Thursday afternoon at FAU Stadium. FAU took game one 4-1 before the team collected 16 hits for a 14-4 win in the nightcap. Tim Mascia finished the day 5-for-9 at the play with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI.
FAU's Mickey Storey only allowed one run in eight innings of work in game one as he lowered his season ERA to a conference leading 1.99 ERA. He had to wait for a three-run seventh inning for FAU to give the freshman a lead.
Storey improves to 7-1 after he allowed seven hits and three walk and struck out three.
FAU (29-19, 15-11 A-Sun) scored in the third inning after Justin Martin led off the inning with a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error. The catcher came around to score on a Tim Mascia RBI single up the middle for the 1-0 FAU lead.
Storey gave up his only run of the contest in the sixth inning. With two outs and a runner on first base, a balk moved Daniel Hurst into scoring position. A single by Josh Thompson allowed Hurst to score from second to tie the contest at one.
Four straight hits to start the seventh inning off of Mercer starting pitcher Brantley New led to three FAU runs. Robert Yodice started the inning with a single to right field. Martin then collected his second bunt base hit of the contest and moved pinch runner Daniel Cook over to third after he moved to second on a balk. Mike McBryde picked up an RBI with a bunt and Tim Mascia followed with a bunt single that allowed Martin to score on a throwing error. Jonathon Shapland finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Mike Crotta picked up his second save in as many outings after working the ninth and allowing one runner on base.
McBryde, Mascia and Martin each finished with two hits for FAU, while leadoff hitter Sean McCahill led the Bears with two hits.
After a defensive game to start the day, game two saw the offenses explode for nine runs in the first inning.
The Bears (26-24, 10-16 A-Sun) jumped on the board in the first with three runs off of FAU pitcher Chris Salberg. The leftie gave up two base hits and hit a batter to load the bases. A ground out by Hurst pushed the first run across the plate and recorded the first out. After Thompson struck out for the second out, another hit batters loaded the bases again. Ty Megahee then followed with an RBI single and saw Brandon Reichert score the third run on a fielding error.
FAU rebounded with six runs in the bottom of the frame. After the leadoff hitter recorded an out Tim Mascia recorded his third home run of the season. The next seven batters reached base as McKenna, Silversmith, Hutton and Terpak each recorded an RBI in the inning. The inning chased starter Hunter Abercrombie after 1/3 inning as he fell to 6-6.
An additional two home runs in the third by Widlansky and Terpak put FAU up 9-3.
Salberg (3-4) held the Bears in check through six innings as he allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out five. The offense continued to extend the lead with another five runs in the fifth inning. Two runs came off of a Jonathon Shapland home run.
Mascia finished 3-for-4 at the plate, while Widlansky led the team with three RBI.
The series will conclude on Friday at 1 pm at FAU Stadium.