Feb. 24, 2002
A 3-for-3 performance by Mike Cox helped propel Florida Atlantic University (6-4) to a 6-4 win, and a series sweep, over the University of Hartford (0-3). The win gives FAU a four-game winning streak, which matches their longest of the season in 2001.
After a double to lead off the game, Gabe Somarriba scored when L.J. Biernbaum grounded out to second. The team would not have to wait long for the second run as the next batter, Mike Cox, belted his third home run of the season to give FAU a 2-0 lead.
Hartford would answer back in the second when Tom MacLane gave up two base hits and walked two. A center field single by Ron Acabbo scored Mike Chupek and Rick Langer to tie the game at 2-2.
The bats came alive in the sixth for Florida Atlantic as designated hitter, Marc Gilmore doubled before L.J. Biernbaum and Mike Cox both drew walks. Matt Pali walked to the plate with the bases loaded to deliver a bases clearing double to center field. Pali advanced on a wild pitch and then touched home on a sacrifice bunt by Rusty Brown to give FAU six runs.
Danny Core entered in relief of MacLane in the seventh and would see two unearned Hawk runs score in the eighth. Core struck out one in two innings of work.
MacLane (1-2) got his first win of the season, pitching six innings and striking out six.
Brian Mascaro pitched 5 1/3 innings, struck out two and gave up four earned runs. He falls to 0-1 this season.
FAU will travel to the Hormel Classic in Minneapolis to play Minnesota, Tennessee and Alabama next weekend at the Metrodome.
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