May 23, 2002
A pitching dual that lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes saw Stetson University (42-15) defeat Florida Atlantic University (41-17) 3-0 in the second round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Florida Atlantic's Roger Lincoln pitched a complete game shutout against FAU, the first time in 70 games that Florida Atlantic has not scored.
Stetson scored one run in the first off of starting pitcher Chris Pillsbury when he gave up three singles. Pillsbury then settled down to retire the next two innings in order and gave up only four hits in the next 6 1/3 innings. Pillsbury struck out five in 7 1/3 innings but falls to 9-2.
Roger Lincoln pitched a complete game to improve to 12-3. Lincoln struck out six and gave up six hits. In the regular season, Lincoln was the only pitcher to earn a win against FAU.
FAU had chances to score in the sixth and seventh innings with runners in scoring position with one out in both frames. In the sixth inning Gabe Somarriba led off with a single and advanced to third on a Mike Cox single through the left side. Somarriba would be stranded at third as a caught foul ball and one of Lincoln's six strikeouts deflated FAU's offense.
The seventh was similar as Mike Valdes doubled with one out to bring up the eighth and ninth batters in the lineup. Robert Orton flied out to right field to move pinch runner Jeremiah Creech over to third. A fly ball to center field ended the threat.
The Stetson crowd came alive in the bottom of the eighth as the Hatters scored an additional two runs off of two hits and two walks.
FAU will play tomorrow at 3 pm against Jacksonville University. The teams met on Wednesday
when FAU defeated JU 4-2. The winner of the game will play again at 7 pm against the loser of
the UCF and Stetson game.
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