April 10, 2004
No. 24 Florida Atlantic University took two games of a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series against no. 19 UCF with a doubleheader split on Saturday. FAU rebounded from an 8-3 loss in game one to win game two 7-4 and improve to 28-8, 8-7 A-Sun. UCF drops only its fourth A-Sun game of the year as the Knights now hold a 29-7, 14-4 A-Sun record.
The UCF bats tagged starter Randy Beam (4-2) for five runs in the first two innings of game one. Beam gave up three hits to the first three batters including a Clay Timpner home run to lead off the game. Dee Brown connected on a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second to give the Knights all of the runs they would need.
Beam allowed seven runs to score on eight hits and issued three free passes compared to one strikeout.
FAU did rally for three runs in the sixth, but it was to late in a seven-inning game. With the bases loaded and one out, freshman Justin Martin (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) laced a ball to left field to score two runs. A double by Derek Hutton, the only extra base hit of the game for FAU, scored the final run for the home team. UCF ace, Matt Fox limited FAU to six hits and four walks, while striking out eight as he improved to 9-0.
In the second game of the doubleheader, FAU jumped up early 2-0 in the first as Evan Brannon and Jeff Fiorentino reached on singles. A UCF error and a Tim Mascia single put FAU on top for the first time of the day.
Two unearned runs in the UCF third tied the game at two before Florida Atlantic collected four straight hits off of starter Brian Brooks in the third. Martin again came through with a multiple RBI game as he put FAU on top for good with a three-run double to left field for a 5-2 lead.
A Drake Wade home run in the fifth saw Crotta (Palm City, FL) exit the game after four innings. The right hander gave up three runs on five hits and struck out four as he improved to 5-2. Craig Hughes entered in relief and gave up the final run of the game as he hit Matt Ray and gave up two base hits to load the bases before Dave Lambert pushed across the final Knight run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Mike McBryde and Justin Martin started the sixth with singles as FAU padded the lead with an additional two runs. A Derek Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) sacrifice fly and an Evan Brannon single sealed the series win.
Five Florida Atlantic players finished with a multiple hits in game two. Brannon (St. Petersburg, FL) led the way with three.
FAU will play a midweek game against Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday before Lipscomb visits FAU Stadium on Friday and Saturday for a three-game A-Sun series.