March 27, 2004
No. 19 Florida Atlantic University bounced back to take two games from Jacksonville University Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton, 7-3, 11-6. FAU (25-5, 5-4 A-Sun) put up 24 hits in 14 innings while holding the Dolphins (14-15, 5-7 A-Sun) to 15 hits.
FAU scored three runs with two outs in the second inning to take its first lead of the afternoon. A Robbie Widlansky (Coral Springs, FL) single came between two walks and Tim Mascia walked to the plate with the bases loaded. The sophomore singled in two of his three RBI on the day with a ball driven to centerfield. Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) then picked up the third RBI of the game with a single through the right side. Fiorentino finished the series with a .500 average.
The Dolphins countered back in the top of the third with two unearned runs in the third off of starting pitcher Randy Beam. The FAU defense committed four errors in the game and has been plagued by them during the conference season. Opponents have scored 40 times against the FAU pitching staff while only 28 of the runs have been earned.
The only earned run for JU came in the fifth after a leadoff single by Clint Hart. Hart moved into scoring position after Beam walked his only batter of the afternoon and then scored on a Pete Clifford single.
Beam (4-1) pitched his second complete game of the season as he allowed three runs on five hits and struck out two.
The FAU offense battled back in the final innings by posting runs in each of the teams last three at bats as the leadoff batter in each inning reached on a hit, two of them doubles.
Tim Mascia and Fiorentino eached picked up two hits in the game while Mascia's three RBI was a game-high, topping JU's Pete Clifford's two RBI in the contest.
Brett Nagy (1-3) took the loss for Jacksonville in five innings of work. He gave up seven runs on nine hits and walked three before giving way to Patrick Sitkins who did not allow a hit in one inning.
An unearned run in the first inning of game two gave the Dolphins an early lead, but FAU found its offense as it scored in the final five innings to take an 11-6 game two victory. The team exploded for five runs in the fifth inning as the first seven batters reached base. Pinch hitter Andy Thoms (Coral Springs, FL) gave Florida Atlantic the lead with his first hit of the season, a two-run double to left center field. Derek Hutton followed with a two-run single as he finished the game with three RBI.
Joe Yeager (Kimberton, PA) made his fifth start of the season and was perfect at the plate going 3-for-3. He was also one of three players to record two RBI in the final game of the series.
His counterpart Don Brickle worked four innings and left the game with 6-5 lead. Ashley Boque and Kyle DeVries both entered in the fifth inning but did not record an out as FAU scored five runs in the frame. DeVries suffered the loss and falls to 2-4.
FAU will travel to DeLand, FL next weekend to face Stetson University on Friday and Saturday in a three-game A-Sun series. The Hatters currently lead the conference with a 7-2 conference record.