May 14, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL-A four-run first inning propelled Florida Atlantic University to a 14-3 win over Georgia State University Friday night at FAU Stadium. Each FAU starter recorded a hit while pitcher Randy Beam limited the Panthers to six hits in six innings as FAU won its fourth straight game, outscoring opponents 38-14 in those contest, and improves to 37-13, 16-9 A-Sun.
After giving up two runs in the first inning on a home run to Rusty Bennett, Beam (8-3) settled down and only faced one over the minimum in the next three innings. The FAU offense gave Beam back the lead in the bottom of the first as the team scored four runs as all nine batters stepped to the plate.
GSU starting pitcher Brett Strickland (4-8) was chased from the game after 4 1/3 innings as Georgia State dropped its seventh straight contest. Strickland gave up seven runs on nine hits and struck out one.
FAU finished the night with four multiple run innings as the team scored the most runs since April 17 in a victory over Lipscomb. Derek Hutton (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) led the team with a three-for-five effort at the plate with two RBI, which came on his third home run of the season. The junior also scored a career-high four runs.
The Panthers (17-31, 10-15 A-Sun) tallied eight hits with Mike Buchanan and Eric Suttle each accounting for two. Bennett's two RBI led the team.
The two teams will meet in a doubleheader at 1 pm on Saturday at FAU Stadium. The seniors will be honored between games in the last home contest of the year.
Head coach Kevin Cooney was honored before the game after recording his 600th career victory last weekend at Troy State.