Feb. 20, 2002
In their first game in nine days, Florida Atlantic University's baseball team did not take long to find their grove as they scored three times in the first to guarantee a win over St. Francis College (NY), 6-2. Matt Pali highlighted the night for FAU as hit his first two career home runs.
Gabe Somarriba got things started for Florida Atlantic when he was hit by his sixth pitch of the season in the first inning. Somarriba advanced to third before Mike Cox came to the plate and singled down the left line to put the first run on the board. The next batter, Matt Pali, a junior from Houston, TX, hit a long shot over the scoreboard in right field to make it 3-0.
Nelson Lopez looked strong on the mound for FAU as he threw four innings of hitless baseball before trouble arose in the fifth. Giving up a base hit to the first batter of the inning, Lopez then walked the next man he faced. After a blooper to the mound and an errant throw to first, the first Terrier run scored. Lopez managed to get two outs in the inning before fellow senior Greg Eubanks took over. Lopez struck out six in 4 2/3 and gave up only one earned run.
Eubanks pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up only one hit and struck out five to secure his second win of the season.
Florida Atlantic's offense went dry until the eighth when they again scored three in the frame. Another Matt Pali home run lifted the team. Pali finished with 4 RBI on the night.
Anthony Esposito (0-2) took the lose for the Terriers who fall to 0-4 on the season.
FAU will next host Hartford in a three-game series on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 1 pm.
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