March 6, 2002
BOCA RATON - Travis NeSmith drew his first start of the season for Florida Atlantic University (9-6) and made the best of his start by throwing seven complete innings of no-hit baseball in FAU's 19-0 over LaSalle (2-5).
NeSmith's performance drew praise from teammates and fans after he was relieved in the top of the eighth following LaSalle's first hit of the game by pinch hitter Paul Ferguson.
Offensively, FAU jumped on the board early. Freshman second baseman Derek Hutton hit a one out single and L.J. Biernbaum followed with the same. FAU used a walk and two first and third steals to score two. Matt Pali followed with a two-run homer to left to give FAU a 4-0 advantage after just one inning of play.
FAU's bats were silent in the second only to make noise with six runs in the third and three in the fourth, highlighted by a Bobby Spano double and a Mike Valdes homer. Six more crossed the plate in the bottom of the ninth and two more homers were added one by Andrew Thoms and one by Andre deCordova.
It was the second consecutive night that FAU posted 19 or more runs on the board offensively. With the outstanding pitching of NeSmith, who retired 11 via the strikeout, Brad Ingwell and Tim McNab, the Blue Wave held opponents scoreless for the second time this season.
FAU will open its 2002 Atlantic Sun Conference season 7:30 pm e.s.t, Friday, in Troy, AL versus
Troy State University.