Feb. 3, 2002
Florida Atlantic University's baseball team(1-2) put themselves behind early and tried to post a comeback against Bethune-Cookman College (2-1) but couldn't find the offense needed to ever lead in the game. This is the first time since 1996 that the Wildcats have taken a series from FAU.
Tom MacLane (0-1) got his first start at Florida Atlantic but fell behind in the first when he gave up a three-run homer to Jose Ramos. The Wildcats scored three more runs in the next two innings to take a 6-1 lead. MacLane finished the day giving up four hits and striking out seven in five innings.
FAU battled back in the seventh when they scored four runs. An error by the Bethune-Cookman shortstop proved costly as a double play may have been turned. Instead, the bases were load after Matt Pali walked. MikeValdes then stepped to the plate to be hit by a pitch to post one run on the board. Jeff Fiorentino, a freshman from Hollywood, FL, got his first career RBI when he singled to left field.
Seth Jerue then entered the game for B-CC and would eventually earn a save, but not before two more runs scored. After seven, FAU trailed 5-7. That was as close as they would come to leading in the game as the Wildcats would score two more runs for a final score of 9-5.
Florida Atlantic's defense was costly as they posted four errors. "We need to play better mentally and defensively," said head coach Kevin Cooney. FAU might have struggled mentally at the plate but they were also robbed of several hits by the Bethune-Cookman defense. L.J. Biernbaum and Shaen O'Connor both hit long balls that were snagged at the top of the fence to save home runs. Robert Orton led FAU offensively with two RBI.
Moises Helpiz (1-0) pitched five innings and gave up threehits and no earned runs and got the win for B-CC.
FAU next travels to California for their first ever meeting with UCLA. Games will be played Friday at 5 pm pt, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm pt.