Alex Silversmith finished with one of FAU's six hits and the lone RBI.
May 24, 2006
A sacrifice fly by Stetson's Brandon Paritz in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Hatters a 3-2 win over Florida Atlantic University in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. Stetson scored three runs in the final two frames to earn the win in the double elimination tournament.
FAU (29-27) squandered a scoring chance in the third inning after Stetson starter Corey Kluber walked the bases loaded with one out. Kluber then struck out his fourth batter of the contest before a popup ended the scoring threat.
The Owls did their damage in the fourth inning as Mike McKenna singled and Anthony Albano put runners on the corners with a single of his own down the right field line. A throwing error by the Hatters allowed McKenna to score the first run of the contest and moved Albano over to third. Alex Silversmith plated the second run of the contest with a single of his own to centerfield as the Owls took the early 2-0 lead.
Mickey Storey gave up two of his 10 hits in the sixth inning as the Hatters (33-24) started the inning with back-to-back singles. FAU's ace then struck out the next two batters with two runners in scoring position and got Brian Bocock to fly out as Stetson left two in scoring position. On the night, Stetson left eight runners on base.
Three singles in the bottom of the eighth inning tied the game at two as the Hatters delivered back-to-back RBI hits from Chris Johnson and pinch hitter Kevin Mierzwinski.
Stetson closer Robbie Elsemiller entered in the ninth in relief of Kluber who threw eight innings and allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven. Elsemiller picked up the win as he did not allow a hit in the ninth and the Hatters attacked with the game winning hit by Paritz.
Florida Atlantic will face no. 1 Jacksonville at 3 p.m. on Thursday in an elimination game for the Owls.