Matt Pali started at first for Florida Atlantic.
Feb. 1, 2002
For the fifth time in seven years, Florida Atlantic University (0-1) opened the baseball season against Bethune-Cookman College (1-0). But for the first time in those five meetings, B-CC was able to defeat FAU 8-2. The Wildcats used a three-run second inning to get the necessary runs to take game-one of the three-game series.
FAU's offense did not come alive until the third inning when Matt Pali, a junior from Seminole CC, got his first hit and RBI at Florida Atlantic. Pali went 2-for-4 on the night when he doubled in the eighth.
Gabe Somarriba added to his FAU hit-by-pitch record when he took first base after he got drilled three times in the five times he stepped to the plate. He will try to outdo his season record of 27 he posted in 2001.
Danny Core took the loss for FAU after working six innings and striking out seven. Core gave up two earned runs and six hits to the hot B-CC offense. Greg Eubanks, Matt O'Brien and Brad Ingwell all saw time out of the pen.
The Wildcats tallied nine hits on the night and were led by shortstop Wes Timmons who went three-for-five with one RBI. Robert Rodriguez and Pedro Pichardo led with two RBI each.
Brothers, Cesar Montes de Oca and Nelson Montes de Oca both saw time on the mound for Bethune Cookman. Cesar Montes de Oca got the win pitching six innings and giving up one hit.
The two teams will meet again today at 7 pm before closing out the series on Sunday at 1 pm.