March 23, 2004
No. 19 Florida Atlantic University (22-4) did not pick up its first hit until the third inning but strung together four hits to take an early lead over visiting Ohio State University. FAU went on to defeat the Buckeyes 6-4 Tuesday night at FAU Stadium in the first of two meetings.
FAU's Jason Costello made the second start of his career and pitched 5 1/3 innings before giving way to sophomore Allen Knight. Costello (2-0) struck out a career high six batters as he allowed two runs on five hits and only walked one. The junior transfer from St. Petersburg Community College only faced two over the minimum through the first five innings but gave up a leadoff triple in the six to Drew Anderson followed by an RBI single to Mike Rabin before exiting the game. Rabin's run was added as pinch hitter Cody Caughenbaugh singled through the right side off of Knight.
The FAU offense gave Costello leeway in the third inning by posting three runs on the board. The number eight and nine hitters in the lineup, Robbie Widlansky and Jordan Hafer were the first Florida Atlantic hitters to record hits off of OSU starting pitcher Mike Madsen (3-2). Tim Mascia and Rob Horst followed with singles their second time through the order to record RBI as freshmen Widlansky and Hafer scored.
Jeff Fiorentino padded the lead 4-0 with his sixth home run of the season as the wind blew out to right field. The junior ties Horst for the team lead after picking up his second home run in as many games.
The Buckeyes (7-8) battled back to within one at 4-3 in the top of the eighth on an unearned run but FAU opened the gates in the bottom of the inning with another two runs as Florida Atlantic loaded the bases with no one out against relief pitcher Dan DeLucia. DeLucia was relieved with the bases loaded after working 1 1/3 innings and allowing two runs. Trey Fausnaugh got one out before Tim Mascia stepped to the plate to tally two RBI with a single to through the right side for his 24th RBI of the season. Mascia finished the night 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Hafer led the squad with a 3-for-3 night as the designated hitter.
Drew Anderson and Jedidiah Stephen both went 2-for-4 at the plate to pace the Buckeyes.
The two teams will play in the final meeting on Wednesday at 7 pm. FAU's Will Mann is expected to face left-hander Josh Newman in OSU's final game in its Florida swing.