April 24, 2002
Florida Atlantic University's 19th come-from-behind victory dwindled away as the University of Miami came back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat No. 17 FAU 6-5. Jeff Fiorentino (Hollywood, FL) put No. 17 FAU on the board with a three-run homer, his seventh of the season. L.J. Biernbaum also homered in the contest as FAU fell to 34-8. Miami improves to 21-19.
Miami manufactured its first run of the game in the third after a lead-off double by shortstop Paco Figueroa.. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before a ground ball gave Danny Figueroa gave the center fielder his ninth RBI of the season.
FAU's homers came in the fourth and sixth innings. Miami then allowed an unearned run in the seventh to give Florida Atlantic a 5-1 lead when starter Chris Pillsbury left the game. Pillsbury pitched six innings, striking out six and walking one.
The Hurricanes scored the necessary five runs in the seventh inning off of relief pitcher Chris Della Rocco. Miami put runners on with three walks and two singles. The game winning run was scored when Javy Rodriguez scored on a double steal. Pitcher Tom MacLane threw to Rusty Brown at first base as Danny Matienzo broke for second. Brown then threw home as catcher Robert Orton tried to recover the low toss and saw Rodriguez slide by and give Miami the one-run lead. Della Rocco was responsible for two earned and three unearned runs. The sophomore from Wilmington, DE pitched 2/3 of an inning and takes the loss falling to 2-1.
Biernbaum led FAU with a 3-for-4 performance with one RBI, off of his solo home run.
FAU will play a three-game home series on Saturday and Sunday against Jacksonville University.
Game times are 7 pm and a doubleheader on Sunday at 1 pm.
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