May 17, 2005
Georgia Southern University took a midweek contest from Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday night 6-3 at Jack Stallings Field. The FAU pitching staff was not able to hold the Eagle offense in check despite 10 strikeouts.
The Eagles (34-18) stranded four runners on base in the first three innings and left and runner on third base in each frame. FAU starting pitcher Will Mann was able to work out of the jam by recording a strikeouts in each inning.
Jonathon Shapland (Dunedin, FL) put FAU (30-20) on the board in the top of the fourth inning with his fifth home run of the season. The game was then delayed for 89 minutes due to lightning.
In the fifth the Eagles took the lead after Brett Pelfry and Brandon Ponder started the inning with singles to put runners on the corners. James Payne tied the game on a sacrifice fly to right field before a Logan Phillips double gave GSU a 2-1 lead.
Another four runs in the seventh increased the Georgia Southern lead to 6-1. A lead off walk by Ponder was followed by a base hit to put runners at the corners. Phillips hit the ball to first base as Ponder broke for home. A throwing error allowed the run to score and move the runners to the corner again with no one out. Hurst came through with his second hit, a double down the left field line to add another two to the score. Greg Dowling then came through with an RBI with a single to right field.
FAU countered back with two runs in the eighth as the team loaded the bases with two singles and a fielding error. Freshman Mike McKenna (Delray Beach, FL) came through with two RBI with a double to right field.
Will Mann (3-4) suffered the loss for FAU after he went six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. The junior tied a season-high with seven strikeouts.
Steve Cogswell (7-3) earned the win for GSU after he entered in relief and worked 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on five hits. David Cogswell earned his second save of the season as he finished the last 1 2/3 innings and struck out one.
FAU will close out the season this weekend when it travels to Georgia State for a three-game conference series with the Panthers.