March 21, 2003
For the first time in 14 meetings, Jacksonville State University was able to defeat Florida Atlantic University in a 12 inning pitchers dual that finally ended in a 3-2 JSU win. Jacksonville improves to 13-9, 7-3 A-Sun, while FAU falls to 21-7, 7-3 A-Sun.
A scoring opportunity was squandered by Florida Atlantic in the first inning after Mike Murray (Boca Raton, FL) got the first hit off of JSU's Jessie Corn when he doubled into left-center with one out. Murray moved over to third on a passed ball but was not able to score as Corn struck out Jeff Fiorentino and then got Rusty Brown to fly out to right field.
The Gamecocks scored two unearned runs in the second inning. Richard Turner recorded the first hit of the night off of FAU starter Danny Core with two outs. After an error and Shundell Russaw was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Karri Fair hit a two-run single to give JSU the early lead.
Corn dominated the FAU batters through the next five innings but a Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) home run plated two runs in the seventh to tie the game after Mike Murray had reached base on a single. Jeff Fiorentino was the last runner to cross the plate until the 12th inning.
Core and Corn continued the pitching dual and both left after eight innings of work and neither received a decision. Corn struck out 10 while scattering 7 hits and walking two. Core struck out five and gave up seven hits and waked two.
FAU's closer, Chris Saxton, threw three innings for FAU and worked into the 12th. Shundell started the 12th when he reached on an error and moved to third when Fair hit a shot through the right side. Saxton intentionally walked the next batter before Brian Hicks became the hero of the night. With the bases loaded and no one out Hicks flied out to left field to allow Russaw to score from third for the 3-2 win
The two teams continue the three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader at 2 pm at Ruby Abbott Field.