March 22, 2003
After a pitching dual on Friday night, another ensued on Saturday as Randy Beam and Allen Buckley matched up in an A-Sun game in Jacksonville, AL. Florida Atlantic University was able to post four runs in the sixth inning to break open the game and give FAU its first win of the day against Jacksonville State University 4-0. FAU took game two 14-1 after a barrage of 17 hits.
Randy Beam pitched a stellar game for FAU as he threw his first complete game at FAU. The junior from Bradenton, FL struck out nine in seven innings and only allowed one hit and one walk as he shutout the Gamecock offense.
FAU scored four in the bottom of the sixth after the first three batters reached base. With the bases loaded, Evan Brannon (St. Petersburg, FL) scored the first run on a wild pitch by JSU reliever Josh Forrest. Forrest walked the next two batters and senior Mike Cox picked up an RBI. Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) added the final two runs of the game when he singled to center field.
Allen Buckley (1-1) took the loss for the Gamecocks after he worked five innings, stuck out six and only walked one.
FAU's offense put on a display in game two as the team crossed the plate nine times in the first two innings. The team picked up eight hits and three extra base hits. Shaen O'Connor (Jupiter, FL) picked up two doubles to start the day and finished the game three-for-four with five RBIs and a home run.
Chris Pillsbury (6-2) started the second game of the doubleheader for FAU and gave up a home run in the fourth and then became a little rattled as he walked two and gave up a base hits before striking out two straight to get out of the jam.
The next home game for FAU is Monday evening at 7 pm against Harvard. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but due to scheduling problems had to be changed.