March 17, 2004
Down by three runs in the 10th inning, no. 14 Florida Atlantic University pulled of an amazing victory with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Derek Hutton singled to allow Robert Orton to cross the plate for the winning run as FAU defeated Rutgers 12-11 on Wednesday night at FAU Stadium. FAU improves to 20-2, while Rutgers falls to 4-10.
The Scarlet Knights got off to a hot start against FAU pitcher Will Mann (West Palm Beach, FL). RU's first three batters reached base before a sacrifice fly by Johnny Defendis recorded the first out and the first run of the game. The third base hit of the inning drove in Jeff Grose before Steve Hook reached on a fielder's choice as Jeff Frazier scored run three.
FAU followed suit in the bottom half of the frame as the first four batters reached base on two hits and two walks. Rob Horst pushed across the first run as he earned one of his three walks on the night. Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to post the second run and decrease the deficit to two.
Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL) started the bottom of the second with a walk and Derek Hutton and Mike McBryde followed with singles. Jeff Fiorentino picked up his 28th RBI of the season with a fielder's choice. FAU could not capitalize in the first two innings as the team left the bases loaded in both frames. On the night the squad left 16 stranded.
Rutgers batted through the order in the fifth as three hits and three walks off of the FAU pitching staff gave RU an 8-3 advantage. Mark Culp and Andrew Tomlin entered in relief for FAU. Culp was responsible for one of the four runs in the inning.
Anthony Albano's second home run of the season came in the fifth inning, a three-run shot that landed over the batting cages beyond right field.
Fiorentino opened the sixth inning with a double and moved to third base which allowed him to score on a Mascia sacrifice fly, his second of the night.
FAU tied the game in the seventh. With two outs, Robbie Widlansky doubled before RU relief pitcher Chris Rini walked three FAU batters.
Neither team would score again as the contest moved into extra innings. In the 10th, the Scarlet Knights picked up two singles off of Allen Knight (Boca Raton, FL) before Chris Saxton (1-0) came on in relief to strike out the first batter. Saxton then issued an intentional walk before another two singles and a walk pushed three runs across the plate.
Faced with a tough task, Florida Atlantic got the bottom of the 10th started with a Rob Horst walk. With one out, Alex Fonseca and Andrew Thoms loaded the bases before pinch hitter Robert Orton pushed one run across the plate with a single. The second run would score on a wild pitch before third baseman Joe Yeager tied the game with a ground out to the shortstop. Hitting in the one-hole Derek Hutton stepped to the plate to capitalize on his three-for-five night with the winning RBI with a single up the middle to score Orton.
FAU returns to A-Sun action on Friday and Saturday at Gardner-Webb. The games can be heard live on wowl.fau.edu at 3 pm Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 pm.