March 26, 2004
Jacksonville University used 14 hits to defeat no. 19 Florida Atlantic University 11-5 Friday night at FAU Stadium in Atlantic Sun Conference action. Alex Fonseca led FAU with a 3-for-4 performance with three RBI in a losing effort. FAU falls to 23-5, 3-4 A-Sun, while the Dolphins improve to 14-13, 5-5 A-Sun.
Florida Atlantic jumped up 2-0 early on JU after picking up three hits in the second and third innings off of Dolphins' starter Dennis Robinson, his first earned runs given up in A-Sun play. Alex Fonseca (Tallahassee, FL) picked up one of his four RBI in the second with a single before Jeff Fiorentino's double in the third plated Derek Hutton.
Robinson (7-1) threw his second complete game of the season as he lasted nine innings and struck out seven and allowed five runs on 11 hits.
Jacksonville would score in the next five innings as FAU gave up over 10 runs for only the second time this season. Five of the runs came off of FAU starter Mike Crotta (4-2). The freshman struck out four in the first two innings but gave up a leadoff walk in the fourth to Donald Brickle who scored as left fielder Clint Hart recorded his second double of the season.
The first three batters in the fifth reached base on singles as the Dolphins picked up another three runs, the biggest inning of the night. JU worked the FAU pitching staff for three home runs off of FAU in the last four innings as Larry Best-Berfet, Orlando Diaz and Alex Jamieson each hit solo home runs.
Diaz and Best-Berfet each finished the night with three hits, while Diaz added three RBI to his season total.
FAU countered back in the bottom of the sixth with three runs after Rob Horst was hit by a pitch to reach first base. A walk moved him into scoring position before a two-run double by Alex Fonseca brought FAU within three. Robbie Widlansky recorded his only hit of the night in the inning to single in Fonseca for FAU's final run.
The two teams will close out the three-game series on Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 pm.