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Baseball Wins First Game of the Season

Feb. 2, 2002

Final Stats

In an offensive battle, Florida Atlantic University used a three-run first inning to defeat Bethune-Cookman College 11-7 in the second game of the series. L.J. Biernbaum led the attack with a 3-for-4 performance with two home runs and four RBI.

The tone of the game was set when the first four FAU batters reached base. Gabe Somarriba started the rally with a double to the left side. Derek Hutton, who earned his first collegiate start, reached first on an error and allowed Somarriba to score. Biernbaum then worked his magic as he hit one out to left center.

Bethune-Cookman (1-1) then counteracted with a three-run third inning to go ahead 4-3. Rusty Moore led off the inning with a solo homer before three singles gave the Wildcats a short-lived lead.

Chris Pillsbury entered the game to close out the fourth in relief of Nelson Lopez. Pillsbury ended a scoring threat by getting Rusty Moore to ground into a double play. The FAU offense then came alive again as they scored five more in the fourth to give Pillsbury his first victory of the season.

Jason Dooley (0-1) worked 5.2 innings giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs for Bethune-Cookman.

Tim McNab saw 1.1 innings of work and earned a save with three strikeouts.

The two teams will conclude the series today at 1 pm.



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