FAU Sweeps Siena, Takes Weekend Series
Feb. 22, 2003
Danny Core only needed three strikeouts to break the Florida Atlantic University career strikeout record of 182. The senior from Pembroke Pines, FL struck out six as FAU defeated Siena College 16-1 in game one of the doubleheader. FAU (9-4) went on to defeat the Saints in game two 9-2 to complete the series sweep.
FAU's offense gave Core (2-1) an early 1-0 lead in the first and he struck out his third batter of the game to finish out the second to give him the FAU career strikeout record. A six-run fourth inning sealed the win for Florida Atlantic as the team batted through the lineup. The squad collected five of its 16 hits in that inning and scored in every inning except the second.
Head coach Kevin Cooney was happy with offensive mentality of the team. "We had a better approach at the plate this weekend than we did in previous games. The hitters showed confidence and hitting became contagious."
Designated hitter Rob Horst finished game one with a 4-for-5 outing while Jeff Fiorentino, Shaen O'Connor and Evan Brannon each added two RBIs.
The Saints (0-6) scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning after lead off hitter Shawn Hampton reached base after being hit by a pitch for the second time of the day. Tony Cipolla recorded an RBI when he doubled to right field.
Game two, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, saw FAU again gain the early advantage after Matt Ryan (Camden, NJ) got things started with a bunt single down the left line. The fastest guy on the team, Ryan advanced to third with two of his four stolen bases of the day and scored on a Matt Pali sacrifice fly to center field.
One of Jeff Fiorentino's three bases hits highlighted the third inning as he drove in two of the four runs in the inning.
Mike Cox ended FAU's five-game home run drought in the sixth as he hit a ball just over the left field fence with the wind blowing in.
Siena's two runs came in the fifth and sixth innings after lead off singles by Blake Hanan and Matt Mueller.
Travis NeSmith earned his first win of the season after he pitched five innings and struck out five while only walking one. His counterpart Josh Copskey falls to 0-2 after he worked 3 1/3 innings.