May 25, 2002
DELAND, FL - Florida Atlantic University (43-18) completed play on Saturday at the Atlantic Sun Tournament when it was defeated 8-6 by the University of Central Florida (39-20) in the championship game.
FAU jumped up early on the Golden Knights after scoring two runs in each of the first two innings. The team collected four walks and five base hits in the course of the two frames.
UCF would post their first run and their only single run inning after a lead off single by Ryan Bear followed by a Mike Myers double to bring UCF to within three.
In Matt O'Brien's eighth start of the season, the sophomore from Royal Palm Beach pitched a career-high 5 2/3 innings as he left the game with two men on and two outs in the sixth and FAU up 5-2. Senior, Tom MacLane came in to walk two batters and give up a double to UCF's Mike Myers, who was named the tournament MVP after collecting six doubles in the tournament and tie the game at 5-5.
Both teams would be shut out until the ninth inning when UCF would take the lead for the first time in the contest. Reliever Tim McNab would allow four singles and a walk to allow the three runs.
Jeff Fiorentino would save three-runs in the seventh inning when he robbed Jeremy Frost of a home run. Fiorentino made a leaping catch of the left field fence and came down with the ball to end the seventh.
FAU tried to post a come back for the second time in as many days as they scored one in the final inning. A Robert Orton double followed by Bobby Spano's four walk of the day and a Gabe Soamrriba single would load the bases with no one out. The only run of the inning would cross the plate as freshman Derek Hutton ground into a double play.
Robert Orton, Mike Cox, Danny Core and Gabe Somarriba were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Somarriba finished the tournament with a .650 average and went 13-20 at the plate with 1 home run and five RBI.
FAU will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA regional. The selection show will take place on Monday at 12:30 and will be shown on ESPN2.
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