June 7, 2002
Florida Atlantic University's first game in a Super Regional will not be a memorable one as FAU took their worse loss of the season against Georgia Tech 14-3. Georgia Tech (50-14) dispersed 13 hits through the first five innings. FAU (46-20) was held hitless until the sixth inning when they scored their first run.
Kyle Bakker pitched five innings of hitless baseball while only facing 17 batters. Bakker, a 6'7" left-hander, finished the night with four strike outs and allowed three runs on six hits. He improves to 12-2.
Danny Core seemed to settle down after the first inning when he gave up three singles and a run. Core then only faced three in the second and four in the third before two home runs, three walks, and two doubles brought in reliever Tom MacLane. Core drops to 8-6 and struck out one in 3 2/3 innings.
MacLane would balk in a run in the fourth before he gave up four singles and two walks in the fifth to give the Yellow Jackets an 11-0 lead.
"We didn't hit early and did not take care of things on the mound," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "When the pitcher makes mistakes against good hitters they will hit you hard."
Georgia Tech finished the night with 18 hits.
After scoring more than 10 runs in two games last weekend the FAU offense did not look the
team that has hit 94 homers this season. The team got four hits in the sixth to start a rally and post
two runs but left the bases loaded after a Mike Valdes strike out and Robert Orton fly ball. FAU
threatened again in the seventh after the first two hitters reached base. With one out L.J.
Biernbaum doubled to right center to score Derek Hutton from third but Bobby Spano was
thrown out at the plate after advancing from second.
The best of three series will continue Saturday at 7 pm at Russ Chandler Stadium on the Georgia Tech campus. The Yellow Jackets starting pitchers for the next two games are scheduled to be right-handers.
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