April 24, 2004
After postponing a doubleheader a day due to rain, Florida Atlantic University managed a split with Belmont University. A pitcher's dual in game one with a Randy Beam complete game shutout was followed by a 5-2 Bruins victory. FAU's record stands at 32-10, 11-9 A-Sun and Belmont stays one spot behind FAU in the A-Sun race with a 25-15, 10-10 A-Sun record.
Florida Atlantic took game one, 1-0, as Beam (Sarasota, FL) gave up eight hits in seven innings and struck out three on his way to a 6-2 record. The Bruins did not threaten until the fourth inning but big defensive plays got FAU out of some innings early. Robert Orton (Wellington, FL) threw out Dan Soukup as he tried to steal third.
In the fifth, Orton closed out the inning as he tagged out Wilson Tucker at the plate as he tried to tie the game on a Stephen Sundstrom double to left field. A great Alex Fonseca relay throw from Tim Mascia ended the Bruin threat as Belmont failed to score in its fourth consecutive A-Sun game. BU was shutout by UCF last weekend in a three-game series.
Mike McBryde plated FAU's only run as he picked up his seventh RBI of the season in the second inning. With one out, a Rusty Brown double put a runner into scoring position before Cody Blackard (4-2) put two on when he hit Jeff Fiorentino. Robert Orton picked up his third straight hit in three at bats to load the bases before a fielder's choice by McBryde saw Brown score the only run of the game. McBryde's 17 game hitting streak ended though as he did not pick a hit in three at bats. FAU managed to pick up eight hits as a team while not striking out once.
The Belmont offense came alive in game two to score two runs in the first inning as starting pitcher Matt O'Brien issued a two-out walk to Jason Warpool. Preseason All-A-Sun recipient Dan Soukup posted his 23rd RBI of the season with a two-run homer to left field for a 2-0 Bruins lead.
Florida Atlantic took one run back in the fifth as Derek Hutton tripled for the fifth time this season to score Justin Martin from third base. But Hutton would be tagged out at the plate trying to tie the game on a long fly ball to right field off of the bat of Evan Brannon. A great throw from Tucker Wilson preserved the BU lead.
Shortstop Brad Dobner took the momentum away from FAU with a solo home run in the fifth inning for a 3-1 lead. The run proved to be the game winning run as FAU battled back again in the top of the sixth to bring the game to within 3-2. Jeff Fiorentino led the inning off with a single off of pitcher Justin Jordan before moving to second as Rob Horst was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved runners in to scoring position before a Rusty Brown fielder's choice scored Fiorentino from third.
Two unearned BU runs in the sixth put the game out of reach for Florida Atlantic as the Bruins took a 5-2 victory.