April 28, 2002
Florida Atlantic University got a taste of its own medicine as Jacksonville University came back from a three-run deficit to defeat the Blue Wave in game one 5-3. A complete game shutout by Travis NeSmith and a two-run Gabe Somarriba homer gave first place FAU an 8-0 win in the A-Sun doubleheader. FAU is now 36-9, 19-2 A-Sun while the fourth place Dolphins finish the weekend 23-22, 13-11 A-Sun.
FAU scored three runs in the third off of the national ERA leader, Bryan Williams. Williams entered the contest with a 0.18 ERA but gave up his first earned runs in 47 1/3 innings after allowing the first two batters of the inning a free pass when Robert Orton was hit by a pitch and Bobby Spano earned his team-leading 31st walk. After striking out the next two hitters, three straight singles by L.J. Biernbaum, Mike Cox and Matt Pali gave FAU the 3-0 advantage.
The Blue Wave starter Chris Pillsbury would exit the game with a 3-0 lead after only allowing three hits in 4 2/3 innings. But before leaving in the fifth, the sophomore from Jacksonville, FL would walk two men with two outs.
Chris Della Rocco would enter to record the final out of the inning, but not before a Chad Oliva
hit drove home the Dolphins first run. Della Rocco would pitch to one hitter in the sixth before
left-handed pitcher Jim Cooney entered to retire left-hand hitter Alex Jamieson. Closer Tim
McNab found himself needing five outs to record the save but was unable to give FAU the win as
he gave up six singles and a triple for JU to take the 5-3 win. McNab's record falls to 1-1.
Florida Atlantic's pitching and a sloppy JU defense allowed Travis NeSmith the opportunity to pitch a complete game shutout, striking out nine in seven innings while only allowing two hits in game two. NeSmith improves to 6-1.
The FAU offense faced three Dolphins' pitchers. Kris Regas got the start but took the loss after giving up three runs in the second off of four singles, a walk and a costly JU error. Two more unearned runs in the fourth and one in the fifth gave FAU a 6-0 lead with JU committing five errors. Gabe Somarriba's fourth homer of the year would give the Blue Wave their final two runs of the contest and the 8-0 shutout, their fourth of the season.
FAU will host UCF next weekend in a three-game A-sun series. UCF will enter the contest after dropping two of three from Stetson this weekend.