Feb. 10, 2002
Florida Atlantic University (2-4) produced 13 hits to UCLA's 10 but were not able to score as they fell to the Bruins 11-5. The three game series went to UCLA (4-3) after taking the final two games. With the win, head coach Gary Adams earned his 900th career victory at UCLA. Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) tried to lead FAU in a comeback in the eighth when he entered as a pinch hitter. He posted 2 RBI in two visits to the plate.
Florida Atlantic put the first run on the board in the second after L.J. Biernbaum (Newtown, PA) led off the inning with a double. Robert Orton (Wellington, FL) got his third RBI of the season when he singled to left center to drive in Biernbaum. FAU would not lead for long as UCLA scored in the bottom of the second and would score in the next four innings.
Nelson Lopez (0-1) started for FAU and would work four innings giving up seven hits and four earned runs before being relieved by five other FAU pitchers.
Florida Atlantic scored in the seventh, eighth and twice in the ninth to get within six runs. In the seventh, Bobby Spano got things rolling with a double to right center and then scored when Gabe Somarriba singled to right.
After Mike Kunes (1-0), the starting pitcher for the Bruins was relieved at the beginning of the eighth, FAU earned two walks. Derek Hutton then singled up the middle to load the bases for Jeff Fiorentino who entered the games as a pinch hitter. Fiorentino singled to right center to earn one of his two team leading RBI. With the bases loaded FAU could not take advantage asUCLA converted three straight outs.
Florida Atlantic would accumulate three more hits in the ninth for two runs but could not make up the eight run difference.
FAU has the weekend off before hosting St. Francis on February 20 and Hartford in a three-game series the following weekend.
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