April 17, 2004
Lipscomb University rebounded from a 17-2 loss in game one to defeat no. 25 Florida Atlantic University 5-1 in game two of an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader. FAU's Randy Beam and Lipscomb's Chandler Ganick both pitched complete games to pick up wins on the afternoon. FAU's record stands at 31-9, 10-8 A-Sun and Lipscomb's record is 10-24, 6-11 A-Sun.
FAU's offense exploded for 17 runs in seven innings in game one. Runs crossed the plate in every inning except the fifth with six coming in the first. FAU used five extra base hits to provide 21 hits. Rob Horst (Gering, NE) hit his A-Sun leading 11th home run in the second inning and Jarrod Lauth hit his first career homer in the sixth.
Randy Beam (5-2) pitched his third complete game of the season as he worked seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out seven. The senior picks up his first win since March 27 after struggling earlier this year.
In game two the FAU bats grew quiet as Ganick (3-4) held the home team hitless until the fifth inning when Tim Mascia led off with a double. The only run that Ganick allowed to score was an unearned run in the sixth as two singles and an error put runners on the corners for Jeff Fiorentino. Fiorentino flew out to deep left field, which allowed Hutton to score from third.
The Bisons posted four runs in the third inning and another run in the fifth off of FAU starter Mike Crotta (5-3). Three singles and a Todd Boucher home run put Lipscomb up 4-0 in the third. A leadoff double by Kyle Jackson in the fifth followed by a Jeff Baumgartner single saw Crotta exit the contest after four innings. The freshman gave up five runs on nine hits.
Florida Atlantic begins a nine-game stint on the road next weekend as the team travels to Nashville, TN to face Belmont University. Entering the weekend Belmont was tied for third in the A-Sun but was swept by UCF in a three-game series in Orlando.