June 8, 2002
The first hit of the game set the tone for the second game of the Atlanta Super Regional. An easy grounder to first baseman, Rusty Brown took an alternate path as it veered to the right on a bad bounce on the grass. The easy out turned into a double for Eric Patterson. Patterson scored the first run for Georgia Tech as they went on a roll to defeat Florida Atlantic University 11-5 to advance to the College World Series. FAU concludes the season in their first Super Regional and a 46-21 record. Georgia Tech improves to 51-14.
Chris Pillsbury started for FAU as he allowed one run in the first. Patterson scored the first run after his lead off double. The Yellow Jacket second baseman finished the game with a career-high five hits and five RBI.
The Georgia Tech offense continued to find an answer for Pillsbury as they connected on six hits and scored six runs in 3 2/3 innings before Jim Cooney entered in relief.
Cooney worked effectively as he pitched 3 1/3 innings and struck out two. Two runs crossed the plate but they were both unearned.
FAU scored a run in the fifth after Matt Pali got things started with his second single of the night. The designated hitter was the only FAU player to tally two hits. Pali advanced to third on a Derek Hutton single and scored when Bobby Spano grounded out to second.
FAU scored four runs in the ninth when Jeff Fiorentino hit his second grand slam of the season
and FAU's sixth. Shaen O'Connor earned a walk, Marc Gilmore delivered a single through the
right side and Bobby Spano loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. With two outs,
Fiorentino hit his 12th homer of the season. He added four RBI with his shot to center field.
Nine seniors conclude their careers. In the past four year they have put together an impressive 179-73 record.
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