May 22, 2002
Florida Atlantic University (41-16) added to their 79 home runs on the season with three against Jacksonville University (26-30) in the first game of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. FAU's four runs were scored on homers. Danny Core pitched a complete game as he shut down the Dolphins and only allowed two runs.
Core (8-4) pitched his third complete game of the season as he struck out five. "A good game is determined by what you do on the hill," said head coach Kevin Cooney, as the junior from Pembroke Pines, FL, gave up two runs on seven hits as he earned his first win over rival JU. Core pitched in an earlier match up against the Dolphins but did not receive a decision. The First Team All-Conference member retired the first three batters he faced and allowed the offense to take over.
The offense gave him the lead after the bottom half of the inning when Mike Cox hit his 16th homer of the season.
Jacksonville then tied the game in the fourth after Core allowed two singles to Chris Reier and Phil Nover. A walk by Chad Hauseman loaded the bases with one out. Juan Menendez pushed one run across with a fielder's choice but as Chad Oliva made his way home he was thrown out to end the JU threat.
FAU took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth as L.J. Biernbaum delivered a home run for the second game in a row. Biernbaum is another of FAU's four members on the All-Conference Team.
After a 2-14 slump last weekend, Gabe Somarriba awoke to get the eventual game-winning hit, a two-run shot to right field to give Florida Atlantic their third homer of the day off of JU's starting pitcher, Kris Regas.
Regas also pitched a complete game but fell to 3-9 after allowing seven hits and four runs.
The Dolphins scored the final run of the game in the sixth when Phil Nover reached on his 13th
double of the season. He moved to third on a Chad Oliva single and then scored on a sacrifice
bunt by Chad Hauseman to bring the score to 4-2
Florida Atlantic will play the winner of the Stetson and Troy State match up tomorrow at 7 pm.