Feb. 22, 2004
Craig Hughes came out of the bullpen and shut down the George Washington bats in the fifth inning as the junior picked up his second victory of the season in relief for no. 16 Florida Atlantic University with a 7-5 win. Hughes (St. Cloud, FL) only allowed two hits in 3 1/3 innings as FAU improves to 10-0 on the season. GW falls to 0-3 as Florida Atlantic sweeps its third opponent of the year.
Entering in the fifth inning for starter Mike Crotta, Hughes struck out two and did not allow a run. On the season he has worked 12 2/3 innings and has not allowed a run in five appearances.
"Hughes performance was very crucial in the win," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "He came out of the pen and snuffed out their chances to score."
When he entered the contest FAU was trailing 4-2 as the Colonials took their first lead of the series off of Crotta. GW posted three unearned runs on the board in the fifth as an error, a sacrifice fly and a Jeff Fertitta double plated the runs.
FAU came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth as Derek Hutton, Evan Brannon and Jeff Fiorentino all reached on hits. Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) added to his RBI count with a double down the right field line. Rob Horst (Gering, NE) would tie the game with a sacrifice hit to right field.
Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) would give FAU a lead as he drew a walk with the bases loaded in the seventh. The rally would end as theColonials turned a double play at home and first base to end the threat.
Florida Atlantic would give closer Chris Saxton a three-run lead to work with after Robert Orton (Wellington, FL) hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning, ninth of his career, before Fiorentino hit a sacrifice fly to right field for a 7-4 lead.
George Washington threatened in the ninth as Saxton (Lake Worth, FL) gave up his first earned run of the season. The senior issued a lead-off walk before two singles allowed Mickey Shupin to cross the plate. The game would end as Ryan Roberson struck out looking for Saxton's second save of the year.
Hutton finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored as he reached base four times. "Derek had a tremendous weekend and was a big factor in today's game," said Cooney.
Hutton hit .714 on the weekend with five RBI as he raises his batting average on the season to .435.
FAU has not scored less than seven runs this season in any game and hopes to continue the trend next weekend as three top-30 teams visit Boca Raton for the DoubleTree Diamond Classic. No. 25 Minnesota, no. 10 Notre Dame and no. 27 Winthrop will play in a round-robin tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at FAU Stadium. Game times are scheduled for 1 pm and 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's times are set for 11 am and 2 pm. FAU will play the late game on each day.