March 1, 2002
Florida Atlantic University (7-4) opened play at the Hormel Classic against the University of Minnesota (0-7) with a 6-5 victory. After trading runs in the first four innings, Jeff Fiorentino hit a two run single to give FAU the win.
After Minnesota pitcher C.J. Woodrow retired the first three batters of the inning, the Gophers gave Woodrow a 2-0 lead when the first two batters scored after a walk and two bases hits.
FAU scored in the next three innings to put four runs on the board. Robert Orton's third double of the season scored Matt Pali for the first Blue Wave run of the game. In the third, Gabe Somarriba led off with a base hit before stealing second and advancing to third on a fielder's choice. Woodrow then threw a wild pitch to allow Somarriba to score and tie the score at 2-2.
Pali scored his second run of the game in the fourth after leading off with a single. Rusty Brown and Orton followed with hits and Orton drove in Pali for his second RBI of the game. With Brown on third, Somarriba drove in Brown with a base hit through the right side.
After the Gophers scored one in the bottom of the fourth off of pitcher Chris Pillsbury the game
was tied until the eighth when FAU jumped on top with their second two-run inning. Relief
pitcher, Nate Broehm got Brown to ground out to third before Orton reached on an error to start
the rally. After a walk and Somarriba's eighth hit-by-pitch of the season, Jeff Fiorentino entered
the game as a pinch hitter to deliver the game winning hit. Fiorentino drove in two runs with a
base hit through the left side. Broehm took the loss for Minnesota, his first of the season.
Chris Della Rocco relieved Pillsbury in the eighth after he struck out four and gave up four earned runs. The seven inning outing was the longest of Pillsbury's career. James Callahan pitched to one batter in the ninth before Tim McNab finished the game, earning two strikeouts and his fourth save of the season.