April 3, 2004
Stetson University came up with timely hitting to defeat no. 20 Florida Atlantic University in a doubleheader at Melching Field on Saturday afternoon. The Hatters took a 10-inning contest 14-13 and won the three-game series with a 4-1 win in game two. Stetson improves to 20-12, 9-3 A-Sun, while FAU falls to 26-7, 6-6 A-Sun.
FAU and Stetson combined for 11 runs apiece in the first five innings of game one but neither team scored in the next three innings before FAU took a 13-11 lead in the tenth inning. The Hatters countered back with three runs in the bottom of the frame off of FAU reliever Allen Knight (2-1) for the 14-13 win. Knight threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits.
Rob Horst gave FAU an early lead as he hit two home runs in his first two at bats for a career-high five RBI. Alex Fonseca and Joe Yeager added the other two RBI in the first two innings as Florida Atlantic took a 7-0 lead.
First baseman Rusty Brown's second double came in the third inning with no one out and he scored on an Alex Fonseca single as FAU went up 8-1 after SU's Bryan Zenchyk hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the second.
Stetson posted multiple run innings in the third, fourth and fifth as FAU starter Randy Beam walked six batters and gave up 11 runs on eight hits. Beam walked three and gave up a hit in the fifth before being relieved by Will Mann. All three batters on base would score before FAU got out of the inning.
In the seven-inning contest, neither team scored again until the 10th inning when FAU's Jeff Fiorentino singled to start the inning. After stealing second, Mascia was walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Rusty Brown came through with a clutch two-run double down the left field line as FAU took the lead.
Stetson loaded the bases against Knight after he allowed a walk to the leadoff hitter and then recorded two outs. The eight and nine hitters recorded singles to narrow the FAU lead to one. Knight would walk his second batter of the afternoon to load the bases before left fielder Joey Wilson came up with the game winning hit, a two-run single to left field for the Stetson win.
Ryan Dixon picked up his first win of the year after he worked the final 4 2/3 innings and struck out five. He did allow two runs on three hits, but saw the Stetson offense recover.
As offensively oriented as game one was, game two started as a pitcher's dual with eight strikeouts in the first two innings. FAU did manage to push across a run in the second after Mascia led off with his eighth double of the season. The sophomore advanced to third on a wild pitch before Fonseca drove home the first run of the game with a ground ball to second base.
Stetson tied the score at one with three singles in the third before O'Brien struggled in the bottom of the sixth after allowing a walk and two singles to load the bases. The number nine hitter, Jason Bocock came up with a sacrifice fly to center field that sealed the win. The hero of game one, Joey Wilson, padded the lead with a two-run triple for a 4-1 Stetson advantage.
Both starting pitchers worked complete games. Cameron Abel struck out nine batters and only gave up three hits as his record improves to 5-3. FAU's Matt O'Brien (7-2) worked his third complete game of the season but suffered the loss. He gave up four runs on eight hits and retired four via the strikeout.
Florida Atlantic will host A-Sun leader UCF next weekend in a three-game series starting on Friday. Game times are scheduled for 7 pm on Friday and a doubleheader starting at 1 pm on Saturday.
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