Matt Pali tallied his eighth homer of the season
April 12, 2002
No. 19 Florida Atlantic University (30-6, 13-0 A-Sun) led 2-0 going into the ninth against Campbell (14-20, 5-11 A-Sun) but brought the crowd to the edge of their seats as the Camels threatened in the ninth. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, three singles put the Camels down by one before Chris Wiley grounded out to the pitcher to give FAU their 23rd consecutive win in a 2-1 win.
Danny Core pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings for FAU as he shutout Campbell and struck out six. The junior from Pembroke Pines, FL allowed only one walk in his fifth win of the season.
Florida Atlantic threatened to score in the first and second innings. After Gabe Somarriba grounded out to start the game. Derek Hutton and L.J. Biernbaum reached on singles to make it first and second with one out. Mike Cox grounded into a double play to end the FAU threat.
In the second, a Jeff Fiorentino triple, his second of the year, put a man in scoring position with two out. Robert Orton grounded out to short to allow Campbell pitcher, Corey Byrd to get out of his second jam of the game.
FAU's scoring came in the fourth and sixth innings. After two singles to lead off the fourth, Mike Cox advanced to third on a Jeff Fiorentino fielder's choice. Head coach Kevin Cooney then called for the FAU trademark, the stumble play. Cox scored as Fiorentino got caught in a run down.
The run in the sixth was not as tough to produce as junior first baseman Matt Pali delivered his
eighth home run over the right field fence to give FAU a 2-0 advantage.
Tim McNab entered in relief in the eighth and gave up FAU's one run in the ninth. With the Camels trailing by one and the tying run at second, McNab got pinch hitter Chris Wiley to ground out. McNab recorded his eighth save of the season.
Corey Byrd pitched his first complete game of the season for CU. He drops to 1-3 this season.
The two teams will meet on Saturday in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 pm.