Anthony Albano was part of the game winning play in the final inning in the second straight game.
March 12, 2004
With the game tied and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, a passed ball allowed Florida Atlantic University's Anthony Albano to cross the plate for a 3-2 win over Campbell University in Atlantic Sun Conference play Friday night. No. 10 FAU improves to 17-1, 1-0 A-Sun, while the Camels drop to 8-8, 2-2 A-Sun.
With the game tied at two in the ninth inning, CU threatened with runners on first and second before FAU starting pitcher Randy Beam left the game. Allen Knight (2-0) entered in relief to pick up his second consecutive win. The sophomore got help from left fielder Albano as Tom Rispoli flied out to left for the first out and Albano threw to third for the double play as Joe Anthonson was caught trying to tag up. Knight then closed out the ninth by striking out Mike Priest.
The FAU offense then came through as Albano reached on a leadoff walk followed by a fielder's choice and an intentional walk to load the bases. Camels relief pitcher Joey Babyak entered to pitch to Derek Hutton but got crossed up with catcher Matt Byrd as the ball scooted to the backstop for the winning run.
Alex Fonseca gave FAU the early 2-0 advantage on his first career home run in the fourth. The sophomore finished the night with one of the squad's four hits. Josh Blades (2-4) gave up those four hits over eight innings of work as he struck out four and walked four batters.
His counterpart, Beam struck out nine batters, one shy of his career high, as he did not earn a decision for the third time this season. He worked eight innings and allowed two runs that came in the sixth and seventh innings.
A leadoff double by Jeff Randol got things started in the sixth before a fielder's choice and an error allowed the right fielder to cross the plate. Two straight bunt singles followed by a Anthonsen single up the middle tied the game at two in the seventh.
The two teams will close out the series on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled for 1 pm. FAU has never lost to Campbell at FAU Stadium.