March 15, 2002
For the first time in eight games Florida Atlantic University (15-6) scored less than six runs, but they held on for a 2-1 victory over Miami University (8-4). Chris Pillsbury worked seven innings and struck out a career-high ten. The sophomore from Jacksonville, FL retired seven in a row with a K and improves to 4-0.
FAU scored two runs in the first which proved to be enough in the pitching dual. Gabe Somarriba led off with a single through the right side before advancing to second when L.J. Biernbaum drew a walk. Cleanup hitter Mike Cox also walked to move Somarriba over to third. Mike Valdes then delivered a two-run single to center to give the Blue Wave their only two runs of the night. Red hawks pitcher Chris Leonard (1-1) then shut down Florida Atlantic as he struck out ten in nine innings of work. He retired 11 batters in a row to take Miami into the fifth.
Miami scored their only run of the game in the seventh inning. Three singles off of Chris Pillsbury allowed catcher John Slone to score from second base to bring the score to within one.
FAU will host Kansas State in a 7 pm game on Saturday before Cornell enters on Sunday for a 2 pm contest.