May 4, 2002
In a very dramatic afternoon for Florida Atlantic University, the baseball team dropped game one of a doubleheader in the final inning before taking the last game of the series 1-0 with a play at the plate with one out in the seventh. FAU dropped their first conference series to the University of Central Florida by splitting the doubleheader 7-5, 1-0.
In the opener, FAU jumped out to a 2-0 lead like they did in game one of the series, but saw it dissipate in the later innings. The Golden Knights' starting pitcher, Bo Hall, allowed a lead off walk in the first followed by a L.J. Biernbaum single and another walk to load the bases. Florida Atlantic was only able to post one run on the board as Jeff Fiorentino delivered a sacrifice fly to right field and the other two outs were recorded as Hall strikeouts.
In the second inning FAU scored an unearned run as Robert Orton advanced from second to third on a wild pitch and then proceeded home as the UCF catcher, Jeremy Frost tried to get Orton at third but the throw went wide and into left field.
The Knights scored an unearned run of their own in the third before rallying for four more in the fifth off of relief pitchers Tom MacLane and Chris Della Rocco. The duo allowed the first six batters to reach base before striking out the UCF second baseman Adam Miller. Della Rocco then gave up a two-run single to Jason Graham to give Central Florida a 5-3 lead.
FAU answered back in the bottom of the frame to tie the game as Jeff Fiorentino and Orton both
connected on solo home runs. The homer was Orton's fourth of the season and Fiorentino's
eighth. Fiorentino finished 2-for-2 with two RBI to lead Florida Atlantic.
In the final inning UCF scored two runs with two outs to take the game. Two walks and three singles were enough to give the Knights their 17th conference victory. Ty Hanson, who entered as a pinch hitter, and Mike Myers collected the game winning RBI.
Della Rocco took the loss and falls to 3-2 while Bo Hall recorded the win with six innings of work. Zach Sutton came in for the final three outs and earns his fifth save of the season.
Game two was a 1-0 pitching dual as only one run was scored on 11 hits. Danny Core (7-2) pitched his third complete game of the season and the hurler threw his first shutout this year, the second of his career.
Lincoln Mincks (6-5) got the call for UCF and also pitched a complete game but allowed one run. With Biernbaum at first and Somarriba at third Biernbaum got caught in a run down after trying to steal second. Somarriba made his way home as the play was developing and accounted for the only run and the FAU win.
Rusty Brown lead FAU with a 3-for-3 showing in the final game.
UCF threatened in the seventh as a lead off single, a sacrifice bunt and a Jason Graham single to short put men on first and second with one out. Pinch hitter Blaine Schulte then delivered a shot to right field that looked like an RBI but FAU rightfielder, L.J. Biernbaum shot down Wayne Summers at the plate. David Mann then hit a soft shot to the second baseman to end the threat and the game.
FAU will take on Florida International in Miami on Tuesday in a 7 pm showdown.