April 25, 2003
A Derek Hutton single to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning capped off a nine-run rally in the last four innings as No. 14 Florida Atlantic University defeated Troy State University 11-10 in the first game of the Atlantic Sun series. FAU improves to 35-10, 19-6 A-Sun, while Troy State falls to 24-18, 13-9 A-Sun.
FAU jumped on top in the second inning with two runs on a two-run Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) double down the right field line. Troy State then took a 3-2 lead in the third inning off of starting pitcher Danny Core. After retiring the side in the first two innings, Core gave up a lead off double to Glen Hardy and then an RBI single to shortstop Trent Cox. Brad Sheffield picked up his second triple of the season to plate Cox and would eventually score on a passed ball for the lead.
With the bases loaded and no one out in the fourth inning FAU squandered a scoring opportunity. Erik Wikstrom recorded one of his five strikeouts and did not allow the ball out of the infield as he held the FAU offense in check.
Troy State looked to take control of the game in the sixth inning with six runs on five hits, four singles and a Brian Lippman grand slam. Lippman increased his team-leading home run total to eight. As a team, TSU has 37 homers on the season compared to FAU's 50.
TSU would post another run in the seventh inning but it did not prove to be enough as the FAU bats came alive to scatter nine hits in the last four innings. Five walks over the four innings also hurt the Trojan pitchers.
In the bottom of the ninth FAU tied the game after Matt Pali led off with a double. Pinch hitter Rob Horst plated Pali with a double of his own down the left field line. Joe Yeager entered to pinch run for Horst and scored on a Derek Hutton single to left field off of closer Doug Atkins.
Brandon Erwin falls to 5-3 after he struck out three and allowed four runs in two innings.