Senior Rob Horst
May 8, 2004
TROY, AL - Senior Rob Horst dampened the Troy University's celebration with fireworks of his own in Florida Atlantic University's 7-5 and 11-1 victories over Troy State University, Saturday afternoon to complete the three-game sweep and to hold the Trojans winless in the two teams' last nine meetings. FAU moved to 36-13 and 16-9 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. Troy fell to 29-16 and 11-13 in conference play.
Troy honored its seniors prior to game one and continued with the celebration in the bottom of the first inning by coming to the plate aggressively. The Trojans scored three runs on three hits, an error and a hit batsman.
Alex Fonseca put an end to the party in the top of the second with one swing of the bat sending the ball over the right field wall to even the game at three.
A walk and a double gave Troy the lead once again in the bottom half of the third. FAU would challenge in the fourth when Fonseca single and moved to second on a balk. The top of the fifth gave starting pitcher Matt O'Brien a two run lead. Derek Hutton led-off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a ground out by Evan Brannon. Jeff Fiorentino grounded to the first baseman, playing in, which attempted to save the run at home but couldn't beat a sliding Hutton. Rob Horst followed with a two-run homer to left center and a 6-4 FAU advantage.
Troy's Lenny Mair hit a lead-off double down the right field line and moved to third on a groundout. He scored on a single to right pulling the Trojans within one.
Alex Fonseca opened the top of the sixth with a double, moved to third on a bunt by catcher Rob Orton and scored on a groundout by Mike McBryde. With the two run advantage, 7-5, freshman righty Brandon Kloess, from Montgomery, AL relieved O'Brien. O'Brien pitched five complete, gave up seven hits, five runs, three earned, walked one and struck out three, to pick up his ninth win of the season (9-3). Allen Knight coming off his first save of the season, a save that gave head coach Kevin Cooney his 600th victory at FAU on Friday night, faced five batters in the seventh. He ended the game with runners on second and third and the go ahead run grounding out to short for his second save.
The second game began with two FAU singles the first a well-hit ball to right center by Hutton, the second was a single down the third base line by Brannon. The hits were loud enough to rattle Troy and starter Todd Nicholas into an error, a hit batter, another error a single by Rusty Brown, all culminating in four runs before the first out was recorded. A pitching change brought in Michael Davis who was out of the inning four batters later.
The Trojans began the second with a lead-off homerun to Henry Gutierrez and threatened with two more hits, but was held by FAU starter Chris Saxton to just the one run.
Davis seemed to have the secret to the FAU bats retiring five-consecutive batters before giving up back-to-back homers to Jeff Fiorentino and Horst, neither homer a question as to destination. Davis gave way to Brandon White after allowing four runs, all earned, on five hits two strikeouts and two walks.
Saxton faced one over the minimum the third through the fifth to exit the game after he allowed just one run, earned on five hits. The right-hander walked two and struck out four in his second longest outing of the season to improve to 3-1. Bobby DeMichael would pitch the sixth, and was charged with one hit. He gave way to final two innings for FAU's Mike Crotta. Crotta allow one hit and struckout one.
Lee Hyde pitched the seventh for Troy. He followed White who was charged with three unearned runs after he allowed three hits and struck out three. Lee Hyde finished the game for Troy allowing one hit, a walk and retired two by strikeout.