Feb. 29, 2004
No. 12 Florida Atlantic University rebounded from its first loss of the season on Saturday night to defeat Winthrop University 14-4 on Sunday in the final day of action at the DoubleTree Diamond Classic. Anthony Albano helped FAU (12-1) pound out 15 hits with a four-for-five outing with four RBI, including his first home run of the season.
The FAU onslaught started in the second inning with seven runs on five hits and three walks. The Eagles' starting pitcher, Jeff Reeves lasted 1 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on three hits and three walks as the senior right hander falls to 0-1 this season. Overall Winthrop's record falls to 4-4 after losing three in the tournament.
Mike Crotta (Palm City, FL) picked up his third win of the season in four appearances as he struck out six and gave up four runs on six hits. Will Mann, Bobby DeMichael and Allen Knight came out of the FAU bullpen and did not allow a hit in the final three innings.
Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) went three-for-four with two RBI and finished the tournament with a .455 batting average. Albano's four hits propelled him to a .545 average on the weekend. Over the past nine games the junior outfielder is hitting .452 after not recording a hit in the first four games.
FAU will play its first exhibition game against a major league team on Tuesday when its faces the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter at Roger Dean Stadium. FAU will then travel to Florida International on Wednesday to face the Golden Panthers in the first game of a four-game series. Game time is set for 7 pm.
MVP-Matt Edwards-Notre Dame
Tom Thornton-Notre Dame
Chris Niesel-Notre Dame
Javi Sanchez-Notre Dame
Matt Macri-Notre Dame
Greg Lopez-Notre Dame
Randy Beam-Florida Atlantic
Anthony Albano-Florida Atlantic
Tim Mascia-Florida Atlantic
Rob Horst-Florida Atlantic
Sam Steidl -Minnesota