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Baseball Defeats Mercer by 11 Runs

March 14, 2003

Final Stats

With its sixth straight win, No. 22 Florida Atlantic University defeated Mercer University 14-3 at FAU Stadium. FAU's offense produced 17 hits on its way to its 12th margin of victory greater than five runs. Florida Atlantic improves to 18-5, 6-1 A-Sun, while Mercer falls to 7-14, 2-5 A-Sun.

FAU looked like it was going to get off to a very strong start after the first two hitters reached base. Alex Fonseca reached base after being hit by a pitch and advanced on a Mike Murray bunt single.

"After Fonseca and Mike Murray reached base early it give us some confidence," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "We hit some balls hard tonight and hitting is very contagious on this team."

It wasn't until the third inning that the first runs were posted on the board. With two outs, Alex Fonseca (Tallahassee, FL) and Mike Murray (Boca Raton, FL) both picked up doubles. Murray's hit allowed Fonseca to score for one of his three RBIs on the night. Murray would eventually score on a Rusty Brown single to right field.

FAU plated three more runs in the fourth, two on Murray's second double of the game but it was the seventh inning that pushed Florida Atlantic over the top.

After Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) led off the seventh with his eighth home run of the season, the next four batters reached base. With one out FAU hit four straight singles for its biggest inning of the season. After eight hits and eight runs FAU led by 11 runs.

The Bears scored all their runs off of starting pitcher Danny Core. Mike Appalucci collected his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth to post the first run for Mercer. They would strike again in the sixth after a lead off single and an error was followed by Appalucci's second RBI of the night. He finished the night with a two-for-three performance.



Core improves to 5-1, while his counterpart, Brian Jones falls to 2-3 this season. Core struck out four, walked two and scattered six hits in seven innings. Jones lasted six innings and allowed 10 runs on 12 hits and struck out five.

The series will continue on Saturday with a 1 pm doubleheader at FAU Stadium.

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