April 12, 2003
No. 15 Florida Atlantic University took the weekend series from Campbell University after dropping game one of the doubleheader 6-4 and then rebounded for a 9-6 victory.
Chris Saxton got the FAU defense off to a great start as he earned his first start of the season and pitched four perfect innings before walking his first batter of the game in the fourth. A bloop single put runners on the corners for Sal Deanda's first home run of the season, a three-run shot to give Campbell a 3-2 lead.
A solo home run by Mike Cox tied the game at three before Brannon scored on a crazy play. The shortstop reached base on the second walk of the day. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a fly ball to left field. With Brannon on third base, CU catcher, Jason Brown made a trip to the mound to speak to his pitcher but did not call time out. Third base coach Dickie Hart picked up on the mistake and gave Brannon the go ahead to break for home with no one covering to give FAU the one run lead.
Saxton recorded the first two outs in the sixth with groundouts to Brannon at shortstop before he hit Alston Hatch with a pitch as he stumbled on the mound with his delivery. A passed ball moved Hatch to second base before Jason Brown recorded an RBI single through the left side. James Callahan entered in relief and gave up his first home run of the season to Campbell's leading RBI hitter, Derek Barrows to left field to seal the game for the Camels with a 6-4 victory.
Stumbling out of the blocks in game two, Florida Atlantic gave up four runs through two innings as starting pitcher Travis NeSmith gave up five hits and four runs through two. Campbell's starting pitcher, Matt Kleweno only faced ten in the first three innings before he walked Jeff Fiorentino in the fourth and gave up a single to Rusty Brown. Designated hitter, Shaen O'Connor came through with a two-run double to deep center field over the center fielder's head to bring FAU within two runs.
Campbell (14-21, 9-15 A-Sun) gained one run back in the bottom of the inning with four singles but were stopped when Derek Hutton, who was playing left field for the first time, threw Sal Deanda out at the plate.
A five-run sixth gave FAU the lead for good after Rusty Brown (N. Fort Myers, FL) came up with a clutch three-run homer to tie the game before Rob Horst broke things open with a two-run shot of his own.
Chris Della Rocco (Wilmington, DE) picked up his second win of the season in as many weeks after he worked 1 1/3 innings and struck out two. Chris Pillsbury (Jacksonville, FL) came out of the pen to finish things out with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings to earn his first save of the season and second career save.
Finished with midweek games this season, Florida Atlantic does not play until Friday and Saturday when the squad travels to Orlando to take on UCF in a three-game conference series. The Golden Knights, picked to finish second in the A-Sun preseason poll currently hold a 23-15, 8-7 A-Sun record after dropping the weekend series to Belmont.
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