March 3, 2002
Florida Atlantic University (7-6) fell behind in the first inning for the third day in a row, but was not able to recover against no. 22 Alabama (11-1) in a 8-3 loss at the Metrodome. The loss drops FAU to 7-6 on the season, while Alabama improves to 11-1.
Matt O'Brien (1-1) got his second start in as many weeks but only worked 2 1/3 inning as he gave up four earned runs. He was able to strike out three while only walking one during his appearance.
Florida Atlantic scored in the fourth off of a Mike Cox solo home run. It was Cox's fourth homer of the season while compiling a .250 average over the weekend.
The Blue Wave brought the score to 5-3 in the seventh when Bobby Spano walked and moved to second when Gabe Somarriba singled to right field. L.J. Biernbaum drove in both runners with his fourth double of the season to left center.
Alabama answered back in their half of the frame with three runs of their own. A single, double and triple by the first three batters gave Alabama their final runs and an 8-3 vicory.
Four pitchers saw time out of the pen for FAU giving up the final three earned runs of the game.
Alabama was led by starting pitcher Shane Sanders (3-0) who worked 6 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs.
FAU will face LaSalle on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 pm before traveling to Troy State on Friday for their conference opener.