March 29, 2002
No. 28 Florida Atlantic University won its 17th straight consecutive game, beating Atlantic Sun member Jacksonville State University 12-3. FAU improves to 24-6, 7-0 A- Sun while JSU falls to 13-15, 1-8 A-Sun.
FAU starter Chris Pillsbury pitched five innings, struck out two and walked only one to earn his sixth win of the season and remain undefeated. He was relieved by James Callahan, Jim Cooney and Matt O'Brien. The trio struck out four and gave up two earned runs.
After allowing the lead off hitters to get on base in the first three innings, Pillsbury worked out of the jam each time with a double-play. He ended the lead off streak in the fourth when he recorded his two strikeouts.
After scoring eight runs in the first two innings, Florida Atlantic was held hitless in the third and fourth. With two outs in the first Mike Cox posted a single to put two men on for Atlantic Sun Player-of-the-Week, Matt Pali. Pali hit his seventh homer of the season and posted three RBI on the play.
The second inning looked almost identical. Gabe Somarriba hit his third home run to right-center field with two on to give FAU a 7-0 lead. Somarriba led the team with three RBI. FAU would score two more earned runs in the sixth after Mike Valdes delivered a double to start the inning.
Bobby Spano went 2-for-2 with two walks to increase his team-leading walk total to 26.
JSU tallied three runs in the last four innings as they collected five hits off of the FAU relievers.
Only two of the runs were earned.
The two teams return to action on Saturday at 1 pm in a doubleheader. The two games will conclude the conference series.