May 11, 2002
Florida Atlantic University dropped an Atlantic Sun conference doubleheader to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia 5-3, 11-3. This is the second conference series that FAU has dropped this season. The Bears improve to 22-29, 13-14 A-Sun, while FAU falls to 38-14, 21-6 A-Sun.
Unlike game one of the series, the second was scoreless until the fifth inning when Gabe Somarriba delivered his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field. FAU scored again in the sixth after Mike Cox led off with a single. He advanced to second on a Matt Pali ground ball and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Gabe Somarriba. Shaen O'Connor earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field to give Florida Atlantic a 2-0 lead.
Mercer finally found an answer to FAU starting pitcher Danny Core in the bottom of the sixth when they connected on four hits. Core allowed five runs in the inning as the lineup batted around and gave Mercer a 5-2 lead. Core pitched a completed game but falls to 7-3. He struck out seven in six innings.
Florida Atlantic has been known for their comebacks this season and threatened in the seventh as
designated hitter O'Connor got things going with a double. Jeremiah Creech came in to run for
O'Connor and advanced to third on a Robert Orton single and crossed the plate when Bobby
Spano posted his second single of the contest. L.J. Biernbaum came to the plate with men on the
corners and one out. But a great play by Patrick Murphy possibly saved the game for Mercer.
Murphy dove for a line drive by Biernbaum and came down with the ball to keep Orton at third
and record the second out. FAU was not able to post the needed runs on the board as they
dropped the first game of the conference doubleheader.
Mercer's momentum carried over into game two as they scored three runs in the second and third innings off of FAU starter Travis NeSmith. NeSmith pitched 2 2/3 innings and struck out two as he took his second loss of the season.
FAU was not able to battle back as they posted two runs in the third when Rusty Brown hit his second home run of the weekend. Gabe Somarriba hit his second home run of the day in the seventh to close out the day.
Brett Jarrett pitched a complete game for the Bears and improved to 6-10 after striking out nine.