March 12, 2003
With its fifth straight win, No. 22 Florida Atlantic University defeated Seton Hall University 11-0 in Boca Raton, FL. Seton Hall, playing its fifth game in five days falls to 3-5 while FAU improves to 17-5. Travis NeSmith threw a complete game shutout and only allowed two hits as FAU held its fourth team scoreless this season.
FAU's offensive gave NeSmith a cushion in the second after a lead off single by Matt Pali (Houston, TX) was followed by a Rusty Brown (N. Fort Myers, FL) walk. After two wild pitches allowed one run to score and moved runners to second and third, Tim Mascia, who was making his first start of the season, plated Rusty Brown for the second run of the game.
NeSmith got out of a jam in the fourth. With men on first and second with no one out, the junior from Miami, FL got two batters to ground out before striking out his second batter of the night to get out of the inning.
After two Seton Hall errors in the fifth and a wild pitch that allowed one run to score, senior Rob Horst (Gering, NE) hit a three run homer to increase the lead to 6-0.
Florida Atlantic posted multiple run innings in the seventh and eighth to increase the lead to 11-0 as FAU out hit the Pirates 14-2.
A-Sun Player-of-the-Week, Rusty Brown, led FAU with a three-for-three performance with one RBI.
The Pirates used five pitchers to try an d squelch FAU's offense. Tim Sabo took the loss after he worked five innings and allowed six runs. Sabo did manage to strike out four.
FAU will host Mercer University in a conference meeting this Friday and Saturday at FAU Stadium. Game times are scheduled for 7 pm Friday and a doubleheader at 1 pm on Saturday.