Feb. 28, 2004
Matt Edwards hit a home run in the top of the ninth inning to propel no. 10 Notre Dame over no. 12 Florida Atlantic University 3-2 on Saturday night. Edwards finished the night two-for-four with two solo home runs as ND improves to 5-0. FAU suffered its first loss of the season and drops to 11-1 in the second day of the DoubleTree Diamond Classic.
FAU out hit the Fighting Irish seven to five but only needed three hits as ever run scored on a solo home run. Catcher Javi Sanchez connected with a Randy Beam (Sarasota, FL) pitch in the fourth inning to tie the game at one. Florida Atlantic would score in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead but Edwards came through with his first home run off of Beam in the seventh to tie the game.
"The first home run to left field was a horrible pitch but I thought the second one (to Edwards) was a good changeup on the outer half of the plate," said starting pitcher Randy Beam. "It was a good pitch and a good hit."
The Second Team All-American worked 8 1/3 innings and struck out four but did not receive a decision.
Craig Hughes entered in relief with one out in the ninth inning to face Edwards. A long ball to deep center gave Notre Dame a one-run lead and put FAU in a pressure situation.
FAU threatened with runners on first and second with one out after Tim Mascia reached on a single and Anthony Albano walked in the ninth. Freshman, Robbie Widlansky walked to the plate in replace of Robert Orton to face the right-handed pitcher Ryan Doherty (1-0). Widlansky worked the count full and fouled off several balls before a groundball to second recorded the second out. Mike McBryde, who was pinch running, rounded the bag at third and tripped as Notre Dame threw to the base to record the final out of the game on the play.
"Widlansky had a great at bat for a freshman coming off of the bench," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "Unfortunately, McBryde went around the base hard and slipped and couldn't get back."
Craig Hughes falls to 2-1 after allowing his first run of the season in 14 1/3 innings.
Anthony Albano (Chicago, IL) was the only FAU player to post multiple hits in a two-for-three performance. The junior also recorded an RBI in the fourth inning on a single.
The DoubleTree Diamond Classic will continue on Sunday as Notre Dame faces Minnesota at 11 am followed by FAU versus Winthrop at approximately 2 pm.