April 11, 2003
Three home runs and a strong pitching performance gave Florida Atlantic University a 11-1 win over Campbell University Friday night in Buies Creek, NC. Rusty Brown led No. 15 FAU with three hits and Shaen 0'Connor with three RBIs.
FAU (31-8, 15-4 A-Sun) threatened in the first inning with a man on third base but were not able to score until the fourth inning when the team posted six runs. FAU was in the same situation as the first with Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) at third, Rusty Brown (N. Fort Myers, FL) at first and Mike Cox (St. Petersburg, FL) at the plate. The third baseman capitalized with FAU's first RBI to left field. The next three batters recorded hits, one a three-run homer by designated Shaen O'Connor. With two outs, Evan Brannon and Mike Murray reached base, Murray with a two-run RBI up the middle to give FAU a 6-0 lead.
Campbell (13-20, 8-14 A-Sun) countered back in the bottom of the fourth with an unearned run after FAU starter Danny Core walked two and Nic Ewing reached on an error. FAU catcher, Mike Murray eliminated Chris Wiley when he threw him out at second as he threw out his third runner of the season. A single by Jeff Blick plated CU's only run of the game.
Expanding its lead in the fifth, Florida Atlantic added another four runs with a lead off double, two singles and a two-run Derek Hutton homer to left field. Jeff Fiorentino followed suit in the sixth with a solo home run over the right field fence and over the road outside Taylor Field to give FAU its 11th run of the contest.
Core worked six innings to improve to 6-1 after he struck out two and allowed an unearned run. He was relieved by Will Mann and Matt O'Brien who only allowed two hits in three innings.
Campbell's offense was not able to help out starting pitcher Jeff Stovall as the Camels left 15 runners on base. Stovall worked four innings and struck out four but fell to 4-4 after he gave up six runs.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 pm.