May 27, 2005
Florida Atlantic University only collected four hits and committed seven errors as it fell to Stetson University Friday night in the third round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Despite the loss FAU (35-21) advances to the final day of action at the A-Sun Tournament but must win two games. FAU will play UCF at 1 pm on Saturday. With a win, FAU will then face Stetson in the championship game to try to claim its second straight Atlantic Sun Title.
"When you only get four hits and have seven errors it is tough to win a game," said FAU head coach Kevin Cooney. "The loss was a combination of good Stetson pitching out of the bullpen and our poor defense."
After an unearned run in the first inning, FAU starter Will Mann gave up a two out single to Shane Jordon. After a balk moved the runner to second, John DeStefano drove in Jordan for the second run of the game for the Hatters (34-26). Mann then retired the next 11 batters. He then ran into trouble as two errors and a base hit loaded the bases. The number nine hitter, Adam Tindle, gave Stetson the 4-3 lead on a two-run bloop single to right field.
Allen Knight then entered in relief put after he allowed a lead off walk and a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk he exited the game as Mike Crotta entered to close out the contest. Knight allowed one run on no hits and Crotta allowed two runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings.
FAU scored two runs in the first after two walks started the game. Another walk in the third was followed by a double by Robbie Widlansky and a sacrifice fly by Tyler Stevens for FAU's first three runs. After a base hit in the fourth, Florida Atlantic did not pick up another hit off of Stetson pitchers Cameron Abel, Corey Kluber and Robbie Elsemiller. Abel earned the victory after he pitched six innings and allowed one run on four hits and struck out five. Elsemiller picked up a save by pitching two innings and not allowing a hit.