April 5, 2002
Kevin Cooney recorded his 500th victory at Florida Atlantic University as the No. 22 Blue Wave extended their winning streak to 21 in a doubleheader against first year Atlantic Sun conference member Belmont.. With the two wins, FAU's record improves to 28-6, 11-0 A-Sun, while the Bruins fall to 14-15, 4-9 A-Sun.
Two sophomore pitchers got starts for the Blue Wave and both earned wins. Chris Pillsbury and Travis NeSmith both entered the weekend with perfect records and had good outings as they improved to 7-0 and 5-0 respectively. Pillsbury pitched a completed game an walked only two while giving up three earned runs. NeSmith pitched five innings walking only one.
FAU had a four-run fifth inning in game one to put the game out of reach. After two walks, a Gabe Somarriba single, L.J. Biernbaum put FAU up 6-1 with a two-run triple, the Blue Wave's third of the season.
Belmont did fight back, posting two runs in the seventh when Scott Browning hit a two-run homer to left center and finished the scoring as Belmont fell 7-4.
In game two, Belmont was hurt when they put the lead off man on in two innings. In both of those innings FAU scored two runs. Mike Cox and Andrew Thoms started the second with singles. Cox scored when Rusty Brown singled to left field. Thoms moved to third and crossed the plate when Mike Valdes flied out.
In the seventh Gabe Somarriba was hit for the 18th time this season. He moved to second on a
sacrifice bunt by Jeremiah Creech. Biernbaum walked before Cox delivered his third single of the
game to load the bases. Jeff Fiorentino recorded an RBI before the Belmont pitcher, Jonathan
Decker balked in the final run of the game for a 5-1 FAU victory.
The two teams will resume play on Saturday at 1 pm for the final game of a three-game series.