Chris Eberhart did not allow a base runner and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings.
May 23, 2007
Florida Atlantic University collected 10 hits against Middle Tennessee State University but could not overcome a six-run deficit to fall to the Blue Raiders 6-1 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Mike McKenna finished with two hits to extend his hit streak to 23 games.
McKenna picked up his first hit in the first inning. A double with two outs moved Daniel Bomback to third after reaching on a single to put runners into scoring position. The Owls (35-21) were unable to capitalize on the scoring opportunity and did not have another runner in scoring position until the eighth inning. Through the first eight innings, FAU picked up seven hits but five of them came with two outs.
Brad Robinson (8-2) kept the FAU offense off balance and pitched 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed seven hits and struck out seven in his outing.
"Robinson had a great game," said FAU Head Coach Kevin Cooney. "He handled our hitters very well. Today was a different story than when we faced him in the regular season."
The Middle Tennessee (30-26) offense jumped out of the gates with all of their runs in the first three innings off FAU starter Joel Schmal. One run in the first on three base hits was followed by a tough second inning in which three unearned runs were scored. Three RBI came off the bat of centerfielder Adam Warren who finished with two hits in the contest. A leadoff single in the third led to the sixth and final run of the contest for MTSU.
Schmal fell to 5-2 on the year after he worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on 12 hits and struck out four. Chris Eberhart worked in relief and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings and did not allow a baserunner.
The shutout was broken up in the ninth as William Block started things with a double down the left field line. With one out, Tyler Stevens picked up an RBI with a double down the right field line. A Travis Ozga single would put runners on the corners but the momentum would be squelched as Middle Tennessee turned one of its three double plays to end the contest.
FAU will play the 10 a.m. et game on Thursday against the loser of the Western Kentucky/New Orleans contest. The loser of the contest will be eliminated from the tournament, while the winner will advance to Friday.