May 19, 2005
Ten doubles and five-hit games from Mike McBryde and Jonathon Shapland gave Florida Atlantic University a 16-6 win over Georgia State University Thursday night. FAU improves to 31-20, 17-11 A-Sun, while GSU falls to 25-28, 15-13 A-Sun in the final conference series of the season.
FAU was able to get its leadoff hitter on in the first and second innings and saw the runner score in both situations. Mike McBryde started the game with a double and scored on the next pitch as Tim Mascia singled through the left side. After advancing around to third on a wild pitch and a ground out, Jonathon Shapland drove in Mascia
A lead off walk in the second hurt GSU starter Romas Hicks. With Tyler Stevens at first base, Justin Martin sacrificed the runner over before McBryde picked up his second hit of the game, an RBI single up the middle for the 3-0 lead.
Shapland extended the FAU lead to four in the third inning with his first of four doubles to break a school record for single game doubles.
The Panthers scored their first runs of the contest in the fourth inning as FAU starter Mickey Storey gave up a one-out walk. After the free pass, Eric Suttle stole second base and scored GSU's first run on an RBI single by Ryan Sterling. Sterling would score an unearned run after an error extended the inning.
A four spot in the fourth inning gave FAU an 8-2. Tim Mascia picked up two RBI in the inning with one of the team's ten doubles to break an FAU team record.
Justin Meyer gave up three straight doubles to the FAU offense in the eighth as FAU added another three runs in the frame. Robbie Widlansky, Shapland and Mike McKenna each reached with one out. After Meyer recorded an out Martin came through with a double of his own to plate FAU's 13th run.
Shapland and Mascia both finished with four RBI in the win
GSU was led by two hits from Ryan Sterling and Justin Newman.
Storey improved to 8-1 after five innings of work. The freshman gave up three runs, one earned, on six hits and two strikeouts.
Romas Hicks (5-6) suffered the loss after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs on nine hits. The GSU pitching staff gave up a total of 18 hits.
The two teams will continue the series on Saturday at 6 pm. Chris Salberg will face Ben Rulon.