Feb. 13, 2004
A nine-run second inning propelled no. 19 Florida Atlantic University to a 14-2 win over Southern Illinois University Friday night at FAU Stadium as FAU extends a perfect season to 5-0. The Salukis fall to 0-1 in their first contest of the season.
After a quick first inning in which both starting pitcher retired three straight, the FAU bats came alive in the second inning. Left fielder Anthony Albano (Chicago, IL) came up with his first hit of the season and the game with a single through the right side with one out. Alex Fonseca (Tallahassee, FL) reached on a costly SIU error before a Tim Mascia double plated the first run of the game. Saluki starting pitcher Marshall Tucker (0-1) then recorded the second out as Robert Orton flied out to right field. The P.J. Finigan error then came into play as the next four FAU batters reached on hits and eventually eight of the Florida Atlantic players would score in the inning.
Fonseca would record his second triple in three plate appearances in the inning as he tallied a game and career-high three RBI.
Josh Joiner came out of the bullpen for Southern Illinois and shut down the scoring as he worked 4 1/3 innings and only allowed two hits and struck out six.
Andrew Weber entered the game to pitch for the Salukis in the seventh and struck out the side before FAU collected another five runs off of the junior in the eighth to post FAU's largest margin of victory of the season.
Preseason All-American Randy Beam (Sarasota, FL) won his first game of the season as he pitched the longest outing of any FAU starter this season. The senior worked seven innings, struck out four and allowed two runs on five hits.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday evening at 7 pm in the second game of the three-game series.