April 19, 2003
Sarasota native, Randy Beam, pitched a complete game one-hitter against the University of Central Florida. The left-hander only faced two over the minimum as he allowed only one walk and struck out five. Florida Atlantic went on to win game two and win the Atlantic Sun conference series for the first time since 1999.
Nathan Kragt recorded the only hit against Randy Beam in the bottom of the fourth with a single to the shortstop, Evan Brannon (St. Petersburg, FL). Beam also ended Dee Brown's 12-game hitting streak as the sophomore went 0-for-3. Beam, who is currently ranked fourth in the nation in wins, improved to 9-1.
FAU's offense was just as hot as Beam. The team recorded 13 hits and nine runs in the first game of the doubleheader. Matt Pali picked up his team-leading third triple of the season and his 27th RBI when Rusty Brown scored after reaching base on the first hit of the game for FAU in the second inning.
Three multiple run innings gave Florida Atlantic a cushion. Two unearned runs in the third were followed by two more in the fourth as Derek Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) connected on a two-run double to left-center field.
The final margin came in the seventh inning as Jeff Fiorentino reached on a lead off walk and the next five batters followed with hits. Matt Pali picked up his second RBI and Mike Cox followed with a two-run double. Cox would eventually score on a wild pitch for the final run of the game and the 9-0 win. The shutout was the eighth of the season for Florida Atlantic.
Mark Michael falls to 6-3 after he worked five innings and allowed five runs.
The momentum carried over into game two for FAU as the team batted around in the first inning and scored five runs. The squad recorded five hits and two doubles. Brown, Pali and Hutton each recorded an RBI as starting pitcher Lincoln Minks was pulled after 2/3 innings.
FAU's starter, Travis NeSmith, a junior from Miami, FL, allowed the first hit of the game in the second inning. Drew Butera singled through the left side and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter Clay Timpner reached base as Brannon lost control of a ground ball and Butera moved to third. A heads up play by Brannon ended the inning and erased the error as he double clutched the ball and saw Butera round third. Brannon threw to Cox at third and tagged out the first UCF threat of the day.
Chris Saxton entered in the fourth inning for NeSmith and allowed the only UCF run of the day. A lead off double by Clay Timpner was followed by a Ryan Bono single up the middle to score Timpner and UCF's only run off the day as they fell 7-1.
Florida Atlantic returns home next weekend to take on Troy State University in a three-game conference series.