Feb. 9, 2002
The Florida Atlantic University baseball team definitely made a statement in their first trip to the west coast. 23 runs and four hours after the first pitch, FAU (2-2) came away with a 23-13 win over UCLA (2-3).
FAU came alive offensively in the fourth game of the season collecting 19 hits and only posting two scoreless innings against the Bruins. Jeff Cox (Sarasota, FL) put Florida Atlantic on the board in the first when he doubled to left field, scoring Shaen O'Connor (Jupiter, FL) and L.J. Biernbaum (Newton, PA). Cox would again double in the third inning to post two more RBI and would eventually score to finish off the seven run rally in the inning.
After the fifth UCLA pitcher entered the game in the sixth inning, FAU was able to deliver two bombs. The second and fourth batters of the inning, Rusty Brown (N. Fort Myers, FL) and Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) would each connect for their first home runs of the season, Fiorentino's first career homer.
FAU capped off the evening in the eighth when they scored five runs with two outs.
Both teams used their bullpens extensively as FAU brought in four pitchers from the pen, while the Bruins saw their starter, Mike Davern (0-1), work only one inning and take the loss. Five UCLA relievers would enter the game.
The two teams will play the final two games of the series on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm pt.