March 18, 2003
After an hour and twenty minute rain delay, No.24 Florida Atlantic University defeated Kansas State University 6-2 in Boca Raton, FL. Rusty Brown paced FAU with a two-for-two performance with two RBIs and a home run. Derek Hutton also plated two runs in a one-for-three outing. But James Callahan stole the show for FAU as he only threw 37 pitches in five innings and did not allow a hit as he earned his first win of the season.
Callahan (Ft. Lauderdale) has proven himself out of the pen this year and earned his second collegiate win as he threw five perfect innings of baseball and struck out two. The senior pitched a career-high five innings and tied a career-high in strikeouts.
"Kansas State is a good hitting team and we thought it would be a high scoring game. James came out and shut (Kansas State) down," said head coach Kevin Cooney. "James has pitched well out of the pen for us this year."
KSU only posted two runs and both came in the first inning off of Will Mann (West Palm Beach, FL). Mann made his first career start in the contest. Neither run was earned as the first batter of the game reached on an error. FAU countered back and scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Alex Fonseca (Tallahassee, FL) and Mike Murray (Boca Raton, FL) both singled to get things started before Murray made the first out at second on a fielders choice. Rusty Brown then homered to left field to increase his home run total to four.
A lead off single by Brown hurt Wildcats' pitcher, Brett Bagley (1-2) as Brown eventually scored on a Hutton single in the fourth.
Hutton posted his second RBI in the eighth on a well-executed squeeze play. A Kansas State error on the play allowed Matt Pali to score to create the final four-run margin.
FAU continues play on Wednesday night when its host Rutgers University at 7 pm.