May 13, 2005
Florida Atlantic University honored its seniors on Friday afternoon with a 15-10 win and series sweep of Mercer University at FAU Stadium. Senior Derek Hutton finished the afternoon 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.
In the first inning, FAU got on the board as Robbie Widlansky delivered one of the team's seven doubles of the afternoon, which tied the FAU single game record. After moving to third, Widlanksy would score on a ground out by Alex Fonseca to take the early 2-0 lead.
With a total of 31 hits on the afternoon, both teams posted several multiple run innings. Mercer's came in the third as the first six batters reached base on singles off of FAU starter Brandon Kloess. The right-hander exited after 2 innings of work and allowed six runs on seven hits. Andrew Tomlin entered in the third to close out the inning with a double play and fly ball to keep the Bears at five runs in the third inning.
With another three runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-4 lead, Mercer (26-25, 10-17 A-Sun) seemed to be taking control of the game. Tomlin was chased after he allowed the first four batters two reach base and two runs to score. Will Mann ended the run with a double play and strike out.
FAU (30-19, 16-11 A-Sun) battled back with a run in the third and fourth before exploding for six runs in the fifth. With one out Fonseca and Mike McKenna put together back-to-back doubles before two walks and a single were followed by a Mike McBryde two-RBI double. With two outs, Jonathon Shapland delivered another two-RBI double as FAU regained the lead at 10-9.
The win was secured in the sixth inning with an additional four runs. McKenna started the inning with one of his two solo home runs of the game. Justin Martin then posted his second double of the game and moved to third on a Hutton single. A wild pitch allowed the sophomore catcher to score and move Hutton into scoring position. After Hutton stole third, Mike McBryde delivered an RBI single.
McBryde finished the afternoon 5-for-6 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored to raise his season batting average to .373. McKenna finished with three hits and three RBI with three runs scored.
Josh Thompson led the Bears with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate with three RBI.
On the mound Will Mann improved to 3-3 on the year with a three inning relief appearance. The junior did not allow a hit in three innings and struck out one.
Mike Crotta also made a relief appearance and allowed one run on three hits in two innings
Hunter Abercrombie (6-7) suffered his second loss of the weekend after he threw 2/3 innings and allowed a run on two hits.
FAU will play a non-conference game on Tuesday at Georgia Southern before closing out the regular season at Georgia State. The three-game Atlantic Sun series will take place on May 19-21.