May 21, 2005
Florida Atlantic University secured a no. 2 seed at the Atlantic Sun Tournament with a sweep of Georgia State University on Saturday afternoon. A doubleheader win secured the spot as the team defeated GSU 7-3, 6-4. Jonathon Shapland finished the afternoon 5-for-10 at the plate.
Two runs in the second inning gave FAU the lead that the team would not relinquish as Justin Martin started the frame with a single. With one out, Daniel Terpak drew a walk before a Mike McBryde single pushed the first run across and moved two runners into scoring position. Alex Fonseca picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly to centerfield for the 2-0 lead.
The Panthers picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the inning as two FAU errors proved costly. GSU misplayed two balls in the fourth as Florida Atlantic took advantage and added another two runs before the teams traded runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
A Jonathon Shapland home run in the ninth made the final score 7-3. Shapland and Mascia both finished with three hits in game one, while Mike McBryde had a four hit, two RBI performance to lead the team.
Brandon Kloess worked a career-high 7 1/3 innings to improve to 8-2. The sophomore allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four. McBryde closed out the final 1 2/3 innings to record his ninth save of the year as he struck out three
His counterpart Ben Rulon fell to 5-7 after he allowed six runs on 10 hits through six innings.
An error in the second inning of game two, gave FAU the first run in the finale of the series. Robbie Widlansky reached on an error to start the inning and advanced to second with his 13th stolen base of the year. Outfielder Daniel Terpak drove in the runner with a single up the middle.
FAU starting pitcher Chris Salberg gave up a leadoff single to Butch Morris in the third. The third baseman moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt before a Brent Everett double plated GSU's first run.
The third FAU run in came in the sixth inning and chased GSU starter Matt Handley from the game. Widlansky reached on a singled and added his second stolen base of the afternoon before Silversmith drove him in with a single up the middle.
Handley allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out five in five innings as he fell to 1-3.
FAU turned three double plays as Salberg only faced two over the minimum through six innings. Salberg allowed one run on five hits and struck out three to improve to 4-4.
Allen Knight and Mike Crotta entered in relief for FAU. Knight gave up one hit in one inning, while Mike Crotta saw two innings of action and allowed three runs on two hits. He allowed a three-run homer to Rusty Bennett in the ninth.
The final three runs for FAU came on a Mike McBryde home run in the seventh and three base hits in the ninth off of GSU pitcher John Palmer.
FAU turned four double plays in the game to counter nine runners left on base.
Florida Atlantic enters this coming week's Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament as the no. 2 seed and will face no. 5 Georgia State on Wednesday in DeLand, FL. Game times have yet to be announced.