March 9, 2003
After three innings of shutout baseball, Florida Atlantic University scored two runs in the fourth to gain the early advantage over Georgia State University in the third game of the Atlantic Sun series. But the two teams went into extra innings as FAU's relief pitching gave up six runs. Freshman, Tim Mascia sealed the game for FAU when he hit his first career home run, a three-run shot to right field for the 10-7 win and series sweep over GSU.
Randy Beam got FAU started as he struck out the side in the first and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts over the course of the contest.
FAU (16-5, 5-1 A-Sun) scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings as three straight FAU hitters reached on singles in the fourth. Mike Murray, Jeff Fiorentino and Mike Cox all singled to center field and Cox picked up an RBI as Murray scored from second for the first run of the contest. After a Matt Pali walk to load the bases, Rusty Brown recorded a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 FAU lead.
Evan Brannon scored in the fifth after reaching on a double and then advanced on a wild pitch. He scored on a Mike Murray sacrifice fly to right field before Jeff Fiorentino hit his second home run of the series to take a 4-0 lead.
Georgia State (7-8, 3-3 A-Sun) put its first runs on the board in the sixth after Randy Beam allowed two singles. Beam did not receive a decision after striking out 10 and only walking one in six innings of work.
The Panthers posted another run in the seventh inning before a four-run eighth gave GSU life. With two men on base, Rusty Bennett hit a three-run shot to bring GSU within one at 7-6.
Sean Fitzgerald led off the bottom of the ninth and reached on an error and advanced to third on a Justin Newman single. A Kevin Kawasaki fielders choice allowed Fitzgerald to tie the game up. Kawasaki would threaten to score as he stole second and advanced to third on an error. FAU reliever, Chris Saxton handled the pressure well as he struck out the final batter of the inning to send the game into the tenth.
Chris Saxton earned his first win of the season after he made his longest outing, three innings, and struck out three.
FAU will play Seton Hall on Wednesday before hosting A-Sun opponent Mercer in a three-game series on Friday and Saturday.
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