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Diamond Diary by Kevin Cooney

Feb. 1, 2003

FAU 11 Bethune Cookman 4 FAU 8 Bethune Cookman 6

It took us about 20 hours, but we finally won our opening game this afternoon. Last night we played in a fog equal to my mind on any math test ever taken. It was so bad that we finally had to suspend it until today with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the ninth. Fortunately Chris Saxton held on and got the final three outs for our first win. Danny Core pitched a great five innings, throwing only 56 pitches, while striking out eight and scattering five singles.

In our second game, Chris Pillsbury started slowly, but got better as the game went on and finished with a strong five innings. Our bullpen made things interesting at the end. After James Callahan entered and gave us a strong two innings, we struggled through a rough ninth, but hung on to win. Again, Chris Saxton was in at the end and got us back to the hotel with a W.

Rusty Brown is on fire. His season has picked up where he left off in Alabama, as he is 6 for 10 with 3 RBIs. Matt Pali is also off to a good start His massive two-run homer in the eighth proved to be just the cushion we needed. Alex Fonseca got his first college RBI the hard way when he was hit in the nose with the bases loaded. There was a lot of blood, but the ER said no break. We are going for Xrays when we get him home.

Tomorrow we have Randy Beam on the mound and a tough lefthander to face. It should be a good day.

It was tough to stand for the anthem and face a flag at half mast today. Like many of us, I have grown complacent with the routine of space flight. Seven families tonight have had a glorious day changed forever. We all pray for those left behind and again look to the sky differently than we did. KC



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