April 2, 2004
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and the tying run at third base, Chris Saxton recorded the final out for no. 20 Florida Atlantic University as Stetsons University's Braedyn Pruitt grounded out to the shortstop. Saxton (2-0) picked up the win after he pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. FAU improves to 26-5, 6-4 A-Sun, while Stetson falls to 18-12, 7-3 A-Sun.
With runners on first and second in the first inning, cleanup hitter Rob Horst plated the first run of the game with a double to left centerfield. With Jeff Fiorentino on third base, Tim Mascia hit a ball deep enough to left field for Fiorentino to score the second run and give Mike Crotta a two-run lead to work with.
Crotta got off to a rough start by allowing a leadoff walk on four pitches and two hits to the next two batters to put Stetson on the board. Crotta recorded his first out of the inning by striking out the A-Sun leading hitter Chris Westervelt. He then struck out the next batter before a grounder back to the mound ended the SU threat.
With two outs in both the third and fourth innings, FAU posted a total of four runs. In the third, Horst singled before scoring on a Mascia double. Joe Yeager reached after being hit by a pitch in the fourth and Derek Hutton, Mike McBryde and Jeff Fiorentino followed with hits. Fiorentino's hit gave FAU a 6-2 lead as two runs crossed the plate as the ball made its way into the corner down the right field line.
The Hatters tied the game in the fifth as Jason Costello entered in relief for FAU. Costello hit the first batter he faced before recording the first out. Jon Still and John DeStefano followed with singles before a Bryan Zenchyk two-run double gave Stetson a 6-6 tie.
FAU would score a go ahead run after a two-base error by Stetson right fielder DeStefano. But the Hatters regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth after a leadoff walk and single put runners on base with no one out.
The third Stetson error came in the ninth inning and provided Florida Atlantic with another two unearned runs and the win as Rob Horst hit his third RBI double of the night to tie the game at eight before Mascia squeezed in the final run of the game.
Horst finished the night with a career-high four hits and tied Mascia with a game-high three RBI.
The two teams will conclude the three-game Atlantic Sun conference series on Saturday in a 1 pm doubleheader.