L.J. Biernbaum led FAU past its first ranked opponent this season
March 19, 2002
L.J. Biernbaum delivered a game winning single past the first baseman in the bottom of the ninth to give Florida Atlantic its eleventh straight win and a win over No. 21 Rutgers, 6-5. The loss drops Rutgers to 8-6, while FAU improves to 18-6.
The Blue Wave took the early lead when Gabe Somarriba hit his second home run of the season as the lead off batter in the game. His shot over the right field fence came off of the Scarlet Knight's Jason Bergmann. Bergmann earned his first start of the season and earned a no decision after working 6 1/3 innings and giving up two earned runs.
FAU went up 2-0 in the third when Somarriba scored the second run of the game. After reaching on a walk, the senior from Miami advanced to second on an errant pick off throw by Bergmann. Derek Hutton received his ninth RBI of the season when he singled up the middle which allowed Somarriba to cross the plate.
Rutgers answered back in the fourth when the rightfielder Val Majewski sent a two-run shot of his own over the right field fence. In all there were four home runs in the game.
Jeff Fiorentino delivered the second shot for FAU in the sixth when he hit his fifth of the season to center field.
Rutgers seemingly took the lead for good as they scored two more in the sixth and added another run in the eighth to go up 5-3. But three singles and an error in the eighth gave Florida Atlantic life as they tied the game to go into the ninth.
After Jeremiah Creech struck out, Somarriba reached on his second walk of the night. Hutton
recorded his second hit after a hard grounder found its way past the first baseman and
a diving second baseman. With a man at first and second L.J. Biernbaum walked to the
plate. With a hit very similar to Hutton's, the ball squirted past the first baseman as Somarriba
made his way to home narrowly missing the throw from right fielder Majewski for the 6-5 win.
The win is the first over a ranked opponent this season for FAU.
After Tom MacLane started the game and worked 5 1/3 he was relieved by Chris Della Rocco. Tim McNab game in to close out the game for FAU and won his first game of the season after working 1 2/3 innings and striking out 3. The senior from Cooper City, FL has five saves this season.
Ryan Molchan only worked 1/3 of an inning for Rutgers but receives the loss and drops to 1-1.
FAU will take the field on Wednesday against Rider University at 7 pm.