March 13, 2004
No. 10 Florida Atlantic University dropped its second game of the season as it split a doubleheader in the three-game series against Atlantic Sun foe Campbell, 6-1, 2-3 on Saturday afternoon. The Camels defeated FAU for the first time in nine tries at FAU Stadium to even their record at 9-9, 3-3 A-Sun, while FAU's record stands at 18-2, 2-1 A-Sun.
In the first game of the afternoon, FAU's leadoff hitters in the first, second and fourth innings reached base by singles and eventually scored the first three runs. Two more runs crossed the plate in the fifth before Robert Orton picked up the only extra base hit in the game to start the sixth. Orton came around to score on a Derek Hutton sacrifice fly. Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) finished the game with two RBI and two hits in three at bats.
Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) finished the game three-for-three with two runs scored.
Matt O'Brien (6-0) pitched a complete game and struck out four and did not allow an earned run as he lowered his ERA to 1.50. His counterpart Matt Terrill also threw a complete game but allowed six runs on 13 hits as CU dropped its third straight game.
Campbell did cross the plate in the final inning as two base hits and an FAU error allowed catcher Matt Byrd to score the only run in the game.
The Florida Atlantic bats fell silent in the second game and did not record a hit until the fourth inning off of CU's Jordan Topal. Topal earned his first win of the season after working six innings and allowing two runs on five hits. The only two runs scored off of Topal came off the bat of Rob Horst (Gering, NE). Horst connected for his sixth home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, to give the home team life in the seven-inning game.
FAU came to bat in the seventh down by one because of three CU runs in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded and no one out, Chris Saxton came out of the bullpen for FAU starter Mike Crotta (3-1). Saxton faced a tough task but gave up a two-run single and an RBI groundout before FloridaAtlantic could get out of the inning.
Trying to win its third game within the past week in the last frame, FAU was not up to the task this time. Three straight batters were retired by reliever Tom Rispoli as he picked up his first career save for Campbell.
Florida Atlantic plays two midweek games against Iona and Rutgers on Tuesday and Wednesday before resuming A-Sun play on Friday and Saturday at Gardner-Webb. St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated at FAU Stadium during the Rutgers game with unique uniforms and music.