Crotta threw seven scoreless innings
March 5, 2005
Florida Atlantic University started its first road trip of the season with two wins on Saturday over UNLV. The game, scheduled for Friday was postponed after two innings because of rain and was continued on Saturday as FAU pulled out a 5-0 win over UNLV. FAU picked up 10 hits and saw Will Mann and Mike Crotta combine for FAU's first shutout of the season. Crotta picked up his third win of the year with seven innings of relief work. In the second game of the day FAU held on for a 6-4 win over the Rebels to take the series.
The Rebels (3-12) stranded runners at third base in both the first and second innings as FAU took a two run lead in the second inning. The team loaded the bases with two singles and a hit by pitch. Tim Mascia and Derek Hutton then drove in the first two runs of the game with ground balls up the middle.
In the fourth inning FAU (8-4) padded its lead with three more runs for a 5-0 lead. After a leadoff walk to Alex Silversmith (Coral Springs, FL), Mike McBryde (N. Palm Beach, FL) followed with a bunt single to move Silversmith into scoring position. Silversmith scored on one of the Rebels' three errors before McBryde crossed the plate on a Jonathon Shapland base hit through the left side. Jordan Hafer (Deerfield Beach, FL) posted FAU's final RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the 5-0 lead.
Designated hitter Brian Lipman (Moorpark, CA) continued his torrid streak after winning Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors last week. He went 3-for-4 at the plate.
In the second game of the series, FAU took an early 1-0 lead after McBryde reached base on an error to lead off the game. He moved around the bases on an Alex Fonseca single and a fly ball before scoring on a wild pitch.
The Rebels answered back with their first run of the series in the bottom of the inning. A one-out walk hurt starter Chris Salberg as JC Sibley stole second before a single to centerfield scored Sibley from second to tie the game at one.
UNLV took advantage with two outs with a Willie Bowman single. Bowman moved around the base path with two FAU miscues, a passed ball and a wild pitch. Bowman scored on a Braden Walker single to give UNLV its first lead.
After two scoreless innings FAU battled back with a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, while holding the Rebels in check. An unearned run in the fifth occurred after two UNLV errors but FAU manufactured a run in the sixth as a walk and Tim Mascia single put an FAU runner in scoring position. Freshman Mike McKenna then entered the game as a pinch hitter and came up with his third RBI and third hit of the season in six at bats.
The FAU defense kept the game in check in the fifth. CJ Lang reached scoring position with a double to right center. The next batter JC Sibley singled to right center and Lang made his way to home plate. A perfect throw by centerfielder McBryde found catcher Justin Martin at the plate to end the scoring threat for UNLV.
Errors continued to haunt the Rebels as another three unearned runs crossed the plate in the seventh to give FAU a four-run cushion.
Salberg (Rockford, IL) did not earn a decision in his fourth start of the season after he threw 4 2/3 innings and struck out two while he allowed one earned run on six hits. Brandon Kloess (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Salberg as he threw one inning and allowed one hit on two strikeouts.
Mickey Storey earned his second save of the year after he closed out the eighth. He came in with Rebels at the corners and struck out the final batter of the inning for the 6-4 win.