March 24, 2003
In a 28 hit contest, No. 18 Florida Atlantic University was able to come out with an 15-6 win over Harvard University Monday night at FAU Stadium Florida Atlantic (24-7) had four players record three hits while Mike Cox and Robert Orton led the squad with three RBIs.
FAU jumped on top in the first inning with two outs. Jeff Fiorentino connected on the first hit of the game and was followed by four other singles by FAU players. Cox (Sarasota, FL) singled with runners on second and third to post two of his three RBIs.
"Mike Cox is starting to swing the bat well again," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "It will be nice to have him back on track to help the club."
Harvard (3-6) battled back in the second when Schuyler Mann laced a single to left field. Ian Wallace scored the first two runs of the game on a home run down the left field line that was 10 feet inside of the foul poll to bring the game within 3-2.
A display of power hitting took place at the plate in the next two innings as FAU hit three homers in the third and fourth innings. Rusty Brown and Cox both hit their fifth homer of the season, while Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) hit his A-Sun leading 10th home run to the opposite field to give FAU a 7-2 lead.
Harvard scored two more runs in the fifth inning as Travis NeSmith (5-1) gave up his second homer of the game to Josh Klimkiewicz. He then allowed a double and a single to post the second run in the top of the inning.
The biggest inning of the game came in the bottom of the eighth when FAU plated five runs on three hits. One of those runs came on Shaen O'Connor's second double of the night.
NeSmith improves to 5-1 after working five innings and scattering five hits while striking out one. His counterpart Ryan Tsukikawa did not get out of the third and allowed nine hits and six runs to fall to 0-1 this season.
Atlantic Sun play will resume at FAU Stadium on Friday and Saturday as Samford University travels to Boca Raton for a 7 pm meeting on Friday and 1 pm Saturday doubleheader with FAU.