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Lipman Comes Through in the Clutch

Feb. 26, 2005

Final Stats

Brian Lipman came through with his second game-winning hit in as many days as Florida Atlantic University defeated Purdue University 5-4 Saturday afternoon at FAU Stadium. Lipman finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. With the win, FAU improves to 6-2, while Purdue falls to 0-2.

"Lipman has been our clutch guy," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "With runners on first and third in a key situation in the seventh inning we decided to let our best hitter hit."

The senior from Moorpark, CA took advantage of the opportunity and drove in his ninth RBI of the season for the win.

FAU starting pitcher Mike Crotta (2-0) put FAU in an early hole by spotting the Boilermakers a 3-0 lead after two innings. The sophomore gave up two runs in the first inning after two doubles and a single off of the Purdue bats. Crotta then came out in the second to give up a lead off home run to Neal Gorka to put Florida Atlantic down by three. The Palm City, FL native then settled down to face on over the minimum in the next four innings as the FAU offense came alive.

In the bottom of the second inning Lipman leadoff with a singled and scored on a Robbie Widlansky sacrifice fly. Alex Fonseca entered the batters box with two outs and recorded a triple before an inside-the-park home run by Bobby DiLiberto tied the game at three. The hit was the first of the season for Diliberto.

Crotta gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as he gave up his third double of the day to Gorka with one out. Gorka came around to score on a Mike Marx single to see the Boilermakers go up for the second time in the contest. Crotta finished with a career-high seven innings of work and allowed three earned runs on nine hits and struck out two.



Florida Atlantic answered back for their fourth come-from-behind win with Lipman's double in the seventh inning.

Brent Coudron got his first start in two seasons for Purdue and did not record a decision after he threw five innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks. Trae Dauby (0-1) took the loss as he allowed two runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Mark Culp, Allen Knight and Mike McBryde pitched in relief for FAU. The trio allowed one hit in two innings. McBryde picked up his third save of the season as he struck out two. The closer has now worked five innings this season as has not allowed a hit while striking out 11.

Sunday's game originally scheduled for 1 pm has been changed to 11 am due to expected bad weather. Chris Salberg will face Mitch Pruemer on the mound in the final game of the three-game series.

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