March 28, 2003
Florida Atlantic University was one hit shy of tying a school record when it recorded 29 hits in a 25-9 rout of Samford University Friday night at FAU Stadium. Derek Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) recorded a career-high five hits when he went five-for-six with two RBIs as Florida Atlantic improved to 25-7, 10-3 A-Sun. Twelve FAU players recorded hits in the contest and five picked up three or more hits as the squad had its most productive offensive night of the season.
Four straight hits off of Samford starter, Stephen Artz, got FAU off to a hot start as it scored six runs on seven hits in the first inning. Five different players recorded RBIs and Evan Brannon plated two on a triple to right center field.
Mike Cox (Sarasota, FL) hit one of his two-run homers in the second as he finished with five RBIs. FAU posted four homers on the night. Hutton hit a solo shot to right field in the third inning and Rob Horst hit a three-run blast to left field after entering as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
The Bulldogs (5-20, 2-11 A-Sun) battled back in the third and fourth innings when they posted seven runs. Designated hitter Justin Klinger and center fielder Sae Evans both blasted three-run shots off of FAU starting pitcher Randy Beam. Beam (7-1) scattered seven hits and allowed eight runs as he struck out two in five innings.
Stephen Artz took the loss for Samford after working only 2/3 of an inning and allowing six runs. He falls to 0-3 on the year.