Fiorentio Hits His 10th and 11th Homer
May 1, 2004
ROCKHILL, SC -
Jeff Fiorentio belted his 10th and 11th homeruns of the season and was 3-for-5 on the day, accounting for each of the team's three runs in Florida Atlantic University's 4-3 loss to Winthrop College. FAU fell to 33-11 on the season while the Eagles improve to 27-16.
Fiorentio opened the game with a two-out single to right in the top of the first. Rob Horst followed with a walk, however Winthrop held FAU in check. Florida Atlantic put together a threat in the second with the first four batters reaching first via an error, a fielder's choice and singles by Alex Fonseca and Mike McBryde. The Eagles got out of the inning with a pick-off and a routine grounder to end the inning.
Winthrops Mike Honce faced seven batters in the third and fourth allowing a harmless double by Tim Mascia, who was 2-for-4 on the day, in the fourth.
The fifth began with centerfielder Mike McBryde leading off with a single to short, his second single of the game. McBryde advanced to second on a Derek Hutton bunt. Two batters latter Fiorentio hit his first homer of the day and put FAU on the board.
Randy Beam returned to the mound to hold Winthrop scoreless seeing his first trouble in the sixth when the Eagles scored four runs all earned. Winthrop led off the inning with a single to the no. two batter in the line-up, Jacob Dempsey, and followed it up with a single to left and capitalized on an FAU error to set-up runners on second and third for the clean-up batter. Beam held second baseman David Scoggin to a sacrifice fly and one run. The innings final two outs came only after Winthrop scored three more runs on two singles and a double to take a 4-2 advantage.
FAU opened the seventh with the top of the order but saw Fiorentio go to the plate as the number three hitter with two-outs for the third time of the game. The first baseman hit his second homer of the game, tying the team lead with 11, to pull the Blue Wave within one at 4-3.
Winthrop relieved starter Mike Honce, who improved to 5-3 on the season after pitching 6.2 innings and was charged with all three runs, with Jonathan Settle. Settle pitched two thirds of an inning and recorded one strikeout, the final out of the seventh.
Beam returned to the mound in the bottom half of the inning to face the top of the order and saw the first two batters reach first via the bunt. Right fielder Daniel Carte loaded the bases with a single to left, before Beam retired the next two with two of his five strikeouts and saw a bases loaded groundout to first end the inning. The bottom of the eighth was a popup, a ground out, and a strike out to hold FAU to within one.
Jon Wilson took over for Winthrop and would pitch the final inning and two thirds allowing just one hit to close the door on FAU's come back attempt and to earn his third save of the season. Beam fell to 6-3 on the season and pitched his fifth complete game in 13 starts. The senior gave up 11 hits and had one walk to five strikeouts.
The two teams allowed the rain to subside and the sun to settle before starting the second game of the day that was scheduled to feature two nine-inning games. The second game started shortly after 8:30 pm.