May 26, 2004
A complete game effort from senior Randy Beam solidified Florida Atlantic University's 7-4 win over Gardner-Webb University on the first day of competition at the Atlantic Sun Tournament. No.3 FAU used 13 hits and three GWU errors to avenge two losses to the Bulldogs earlier this season.
FAU (42-15) jumped on the board early with four runs in the first four innings against GWU right-hander Jeff Long. A run in the third inning came on a solo home run from Rob Horst to tie the league leader Jeff Fiorentino with 15 this season. Horst came through with the team's fifth run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth after Tim Mascia and Rusty Brown reached base with singles. Brown, Robbie Widlansky and Evan Brannon all recorded two hits on the afternoon for FAU.
The Bulldogs (32-24) pulled to within two at 5-3 as two squeeze plays in the third inning off of Beam plated two runs for no. 4 Gardner-Webb. Three straight base hits with one out in the sixth inning gave the Bulldogs hope. But Beam (10-3) came out in the seventh inning to retire the side in order. He accomplished the feat three times in the game.
Beam finished the afternoon with his sixth complete game of the year as he allowed four runs on 11 hits and did not walk a batter as he struck out one.
His counterpart, Long (7-5) also threw a complete game and allowed six earned runs on 13 hits and struck out six.
Florida Atlantic put the game out of reach with an additional two runs in the seventh as Rob Horst was issued a walk followed by a Widlansky single. Brannon drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt and Robert Orton closed out the scoring with a single to left field to score Widlansky.
In nine apperarnces at the A-Sun Tournament, FAU has won the first game of the A-Sun Tournament seven times.
The team will play no. 2 Stetson on Thursday at 7 pm.