Feb. 28, 2003
Danny Core struck out a season-high 11 batters and recorded his 23rd career victory. With the win he broke the FAU record for career wins as Florida Atlantic University (11-4, 1-0 A-Sun) defeated Gardner-Webb University (7-3, 0-1 A-Sun) in the opening game of the Atlantic Sun season 8-0.
Core (3-1) pitched his first complete game of the season and shutout the Bulldogs in FAU's second shutout of the season. The senior from Pembroke Pines only allowed two hits and did not allow a single walk.
FAU's offense was shutout by GWU's Josh Martin through four innings. The right-hander scattered two hits and did not allow a runner past second in four innings of work. But he allowed Florida Atlantic's number nine hitter, Evan Brannon (St. Petersburg, FL) to reach base in the bottom of the fifth with a lead off single. Center fielder Matt Ryan drew a walk before hot hitting Jeff Fiorentino (3-for-5) singled to score the first run of the game. Matt Pali, Rusty Brown and Derek Hutton all recorded RBIs in the inning as FAU scored five times.
"We have some quality hitters stacked together and it is hard to stop them," said head coach Kevin Cooney.
Martin worked 4 2/3 innings for the Bulldogs and allowed five runs with three strikeouts. He falls to 2-1 this season.
FAU padded the lead in the sixth inning after Brannon drew a lead off walk to reach base for the second time. He would score on a Jeff Fiorentino double to increase the lead to 6-0. Batting from the left side, Fiorentino added his third RBI in the eighth when he hit his conference leading fifth homer of the season to the opposite field.
The two teams will finish off the three-game series on Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 pm.