May 19, 2004
Florida Atlantic University suffered a 13-3 loss at the hands of fourth-ranked University of Miami Wednesday night at Mark Light Field. The Hurricanes used 13 hits and seven doubles to improve to 38-11 on the season while FAU falls to 38-15.
The Hurricane bats tagged FAU starter Mike Crotta for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings as the freshman falls to 5-4 this season in his 12th start. The Hurricane's tallied 13 hits and scored in five innings to win the second-straight contest against Florida Atlantic.
Derek Hutton scored the first run of the night for FAU, a solo home run, in the sixth inning off of Vince Bongiovanni. Bongiovanni came on in relief of Dan Touchet (5-1). Touchet worked five innings and gave up four hits and struck out one.
FAU scored its second run of the game in the seventh inning after a lead off single by Robert Orton. The catcher advanced to third as Bongiovanni issued his fourth and fifth walks in 1 1/3 innings of work. Orton came around to score on a Jeff Fiorentino sacrifice fly, his 55th RBI of the season.
Freshman Robbie Widlansky came through with FAU's second extra base hit in the ninth inning, a two-out triple to left field. Joe Yeager picked up his fifth RBI of the season with a single to left field to score the freshman.
Jon Jay and Jim Burt both picked up three hits for UM, while Jay and Gaby Sanchez both finished the night with two RBI.
"This was not the type of game that we were looking for going into an important weekend," said FAU head coach Kevin Cooney.
FAU will play its final series of the year in Macon, GA on Friday and Saturday as the team jockeys for position in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. A 6 pm matchup with the Bears will open the three-game series on Friday followed by a 1 pm doubleheader on Saturday.
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