Feb. 23, 2002
All aspects of the game came together for the Florida Atlantic University baseball team as they defeated Hartford University 31-0. FAU improves to 5-4 while the Hawks drop to 0-2. With the win FAU sets a new school record for most runs in a game, largest margin of victory and most hits (30). They also tied the record for most at bats (54) and RBI (27).
Florida Atlantic retired the side and then scored six times in the first to set the tone of the game. FAU's offense came alive as they scored more than 20 runs for the second time this season. With the 31 runs Saturday night, the team broke the 29 run mark set in 1998. Gabe Somarriba and Rusty Brown led the team with 4-for-4 and 5-for-7 performances.
Four different players also connected for home runs. Derek Hutton and Mike Valdes both got their first of the season, while Mike Cox and L.J. Biernbaum delivered their second and third of the season, respectively,
The shutout is the first of the seasons for FAU's pitching staff. Matt O'Brien earned his first start and win of the season after pitching 5 innings and striking out 7. Chris Wailand, Sterling Pell, Travis NeSmith and James Callahan each added one inning on the mound.
Scott Roy (0-1) took the loss after working 1 inning and giving up 3 unearned runs.
The two teams will meet at 1 pm Sunday for the final game of the series.