Mike Crotta earned his first win of the season with six innings of work.
Feb. 19, 2005
Florida Atlantic University defeated no. 23 TCU Saturday night in a pitcher's dual. FAU starter Mike Crotta recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in the 3-1 win. Florida Atlantic improves to 4-1 with the victory.
The Horned Frogs (4-2) posted their only run of the game in the inning as Andrew Walker lead off with a single through the left side. A two out double down the left field line by first baseman Spencer Jackson plated Walker from first for TCU's only run.
After giving up his first earned run of the season, Crotta (1-0) settled down to record eight strikeouts in the next four innings and picked up his first decision of the year. The Palm City, FL native allowed five hits and two walks in six innings.
TCU's starting pitcher, Sam Demel (0-1) suffered his first loss of the year after he worked five innings and allowed three runs on three hits and struck out seven. FAU's first run scored on a passed ball in the second before Demel balked in the winning run in the fifth. Florida Atlantic added an insurance run in the sixth as FAU loaded the bases for catcher Alex Silversmith. He picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field for the 3-1 lead.
Mickey Storey (Deerfield Beach, FL) and Mike McBryde (North Palm Beach, FL) came out of the bullpen for FAU to shutdown the Frogs' offense. The duo allowed one hit in three innings and struck out five. McBryde picked up his second save of the year.
The two teams will close out the series on Sunday when southpaw Chris Salberg faces off against TCU's Tim McGough at 1 pm.