May 4, 2003
History repeated itself in Jacksonville, FL as Florida Atlantic University took two-of-three in an Atlantic Sun conference match up with Jacksonville University. FAU has taken two in the series since the two squads have met in A-Sun play since 1998. With the 5-4, 3-2 wins, FAU improves to 39-11, 23-7 A-Sun, while JU drops to 24-24, 15-15 A-Sun.
After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, FAU posted four runs in the fourth innings as Evan Brannon hit his first home run of the season as the lead off hitter in the fourth. JU starter, Donald Brickle then allowed a walk and a stolen base to put outfielder Jeff Fiorentino into scoring position for FAU's leading RBI hitter, Rusty Brown. Brown came through with his 50th RBI of the season with a single up the middle. The second two runs in the inning were scored on a Shaen O'Connor single to score Brown and a fielding error by first baseman Gordi Gronkowski. The error allowed Mike Cox to make his way to home from second. Cox evaded the tag of catcher Jon Galui but slide by the base and raced Galui back to the plate to take a 4-0 lead.
Randy Beam (Sarasota, FL) gave up only four hits in his five innings of work but they were all extra base hits. He gave up a lead off double in the first to Larry Best-Berfet and then gave up three home runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The runs were the first he had given up since April 11. Beam improves to 11-1.
Mike Cox connected on a solo home run in the fifth that would prove to be the difference. His 10th round tripper of the season was a deep home run over the center field fence at Alexander Brest Field as FAU took the 5-4 win.
Brown extended his hitting streak to 14 games in the third inning with a home run over the center field fence to give FAU the lead and eventually the 3-2 win.
The Dolphins threatened in the fifth with runners on first and second with no one out. Matt O'Brien (Royal Palm Beach, FL) entered in relief of Travis NeSmith and got out of the inning by striking out two after giving up a sacrifice bunt to end the threat.
NeSmith worked four innings and struck out four as he improves to 7-1.
Chris Pillsbury (Jacksonville, FL) worked the final inning and struck out two to record his second save of the day and his fourth of the season.
FAU will play three nonconference games next weekend in Statesboro, GA as the team will play New York Tech twice and a 7 pm game on Friday against Georgia Southern.