March 7, 2004
After defeating Florida International by a combined score of 33-11 in the three previous meetings, no. 11 Florida Atlantic University used a two out, two-run, double by Anthony Albano in the bottom of the 12th inning to pull off a 6-5 victory. FAU sweeps the four game series against the Golden Panthers and improves to 16-1, while FIU falls to 6-13.
FAU answered the scoring of Florida International in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one and again in the bottom of the ninth after trailing 4-1. Robert Orton came to the plate as a pinch hitter and blasted a ball over the left field fence for three RBI and moved the game to extra innings.
FIU took a one-run lead again in the top of the 12th inning as Brian Aragon hit a solo home run that barely stayed fair down the right field line off of FAU pitcher Allen Knight (Boca Raton, FL). Knight (1-0) pitched a career-high three innings and struck out five batters as he picked up his first collegiate decision.
After narrowly missing the game winning hit in the tenth inning, Albano came to the plate in the 12th. Dennis Diaz robbed the Chicago native with an acrobatic diving catch in center field in the tenth, but in the 12th, Albano went to the opposite field with runners on first and third and two outs. The ball down the left field line hit the chalk line and rolled into the corner as Jeff Fiorentino scored and Jordan Hafer made it all the way from first for the winning run.
Freshman Mike McBryde (North Palm Beach, FL) made his first career start in the outfield for FAU and provided four hits in the nine-hole for Florida Atlantic. The only other FAU player to record a multiple hit game was Derek Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) with a two-for-five performance.
Mark Worrell suffered his fifth loss of the season after working 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and struck out five.
Florida International University became only the third team to hold Florida Atlantic University under seven runs in a game this season. FAU is averaging 9.9 runs per game while only allowing three runs to its opponents.
Campbell will visit FAU Stadium on Friday and Saturday as FAU opens Atlantic Sun Conference play. Game times are scheduled for 7 pm on March 12 and a doubleheader on March 13 will start at 1 pm.