May 17, 2003
Randy Beam threw his fourth complete game shutout for No. 11 Florida Atlantic University and guided the squad to a split in a Saturday doubleheader at FAU Stadium. FAU took game 2-0 before a five-run seventh inning pushed SU over FAU 6-5 in game two.
Beam (Sarasota, FL), who is tied for third in the country in wins, had a perfect game until the fifth inning when he walked a batter and gave up two consecutive hits to Stetson's Ben Hall and Pete Rasmusen. The Hatters did not pose another threat in the contest as Beam struck out three as he improved to 12-1.
Mike Murray got FAU's offense started in the third inning with a lead off single and eventually came around to score on a Derek Hutton single. Hutton's single took a bad hop as the shortstop Rusty Beale looked to make the play and saw the ball scoot into the outfield as Murray headed for home.
Cy McCuen suffered the loss for the Hatters after he worked six innings and struck out three and gave up two runs. He falls to 8-3 this season.
Florida Atlantic (44-12, 15-8 A-Sun) dominated the second game behind the pitching of Travis NeSmith, Chris Saxton, and James Callahan. The only run that Stetson scored in the first six innings was off of Chris Della Rocco in the fourth inning with a home run by Andy Wilson.
Wilson recorded his second homer of the day in the seventh inning to tie the game at five with a three-run shot to left field off of Chris Pillsbury. The next batter, Ben Hall hit his first home run of the season for the 6-5 Stetson victory. Pillsbury (8-4) suffered the loss after he gave up five runs.
FAU will participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament on May 21-24 at Melching Field at Conrad Park in DeLand, FL. Florida Atlantic enters the tournament as the number one seed.