March 19, 2004
Despite a complete game effort from left-handed pitcher Randy Beam, no. 14 Florida Atlantic University was unable to pull out a victory over Atlantic Sun foe Gardner-Webb Friday afternoon in Boiling Springs, NC falling 4-3. Beam (Sarasota, FL) only allowed one earned run as he suffers his first loss of the season and FAU falls to 20-3, 2-2 A-Sun, while GWU improves to 9-12, 4-3 A-Sun.
Down by two runs in the ninth, FAU had runners on first and third with no one out but was only able to push across one run. Rob Horst (Gering, NE) started things in the ninth with a single off of the Bulldogs' starting pitcher Joey Siak. Zach Ward entered in relief and saw Rusty Brown reach on a ground ball and Horst advance to third on an error. Pinch hitter Anthony Albano loaded the bases with a walk with one out and Robbie Widlansky pushed across his 10th RBI of the season with the second straight walk off of Ward. FAU could not push across the final run across and left seven runners stranded on the afternoon. Brandon Martin pitched the final two outs and picked up his second save.
Gardner-Webb scored its first three runs in the first two innings off of Beam. Leadoff hitter, Joey Testa hit the first pitch that he saw over the left field fence and the Bulldogs would never trail.
Beam would walk two batters in the second inning and an error loaded the bases for GWU. Sammy Styers would record his game-high two RBI on a single to right field as the team took a 3-0 lead.
FAU posted its first run in the fourth on a Tim Mascia RBI single. But Siak only allowed one more base runner until the eighth inning on a Derek Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) triple. Hutton came around to score on a Mike McBryde groundout.
Horst led FAU with two hits and two runs scored, while GWU second baseman Matt Bridges finished the day three-for-four at the plate in the seven hole.
The teams will close out the three-game series on Saturday in a 1 pm doubleheader.