June 4, 2005
Florida Atlantic University defeated Virginia Commonwealth University 3-1 Saturday afternoon to remain alive at the NCAA Coral Gables Regional. Mike McBryde tied the game at one in the eighth inning as he broke the FAU single season hits record. Alex Silversmith followed with the game-winning hit as Florida Atlantic improved to 37-22 behind a complete game performance from Mickey Storey.
Storey, who pitched his second straight complete game, gave up the only run to the Rams in the fifth inning after holding VCU hitless through the first three innings. Barrett Ripley started the inning with a double off of the left field fence and moved over to third on a ground out before Trai Harris drove Ripley home with a ground ball to the shortstop.
Storey (10-1) won his ninth straight decision as he allowed one run on six hits and struck out seven.
VCU starting pitcher John Leonard held FAU scoreless through seven innings but was chased from the game as pinch hitter Tyler Stevens started the eighth inning with a single up the middle. Relief pitcher Brett Walker saw Daniel Cook lay down a sacrifice bunt to move a runner into scoring position. After a fly out, Walker needed one out to close out the inning. But McBryde's 96th hit of the season, a double to right centerfield tied the game before Silversmith singled in the go-ahead run.
Stevens gave FAU an insurance run in the top of the ninth with an RBI single to drive in Jonathon Shapland.
Walker suffered the loss after he allowed two runs in an inning to fall to 5-2.