Rusty Brown leads the team with a .644 slugging percentage
April 13, 2002
Rusty Brown has made only 17 starts this season for Florida Atlantic University but he tried to prove to head coach Kevin Cooney that he belongs in the lineup as he delivered two home runs in a doubleheader against visiting Campbell University. No. 19 FAU swept their fifth conference series and continue their 25-game winning streak as they defeated Campbell University 5-2, 10-1. The Blue Wave improve to 32-6, 15-0 A-Sun, while Campbell falls to 14-22, 5-13 A-Sun.
Game one of the day was a nail biter that finished similar to Friday night's game. Gabe Somarriba would put FAU up 1-0 early after drawing a first inning lead off walk. He would score on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Mike Cox. Cox would later post two more RBI on the day.
Travis NeSmith earned the start for FAU and only faced 13 batters in the first four innings, as he did not allow a Camel runner past second base. NeSmith ran into trouble in the fifth after allowing a lead offsingle to the designated hitter, Adam Hawes. After an error and a sacrifice bunt, Sal Deanda would tally the only two RBI for the Camels as he hit a single to right field to score Hawes and Jonathan Sanderlin.
FAU then found themselves in place to earn their 17th come from behind victory of the year. The home team posted a run in the bottom of the fifth after a costly error by the pitcher to tie the game at 2-2. Florida Atlantic gained momentum in the sixth with back-to-back home runs by Matt Pali and Rusty Brown. Both players earned two homers in this series.
Chris Della Rocco (2-0) received the win in game one as he worked 2 1/3 and struck out three. But after striking out two and walking three in the seventh, closer Tim McNab was called out of the pen to record the final out of the game. With the go ahead run at the plate. McNab got pinch hitter Josh Cotton to ground out to the mound as McNab recorded his ninth save of the season, his second of the weekend with a ground out to the pitcher.
The series sweep was never really in question as FAU jumped out to a commanding 7-0 lead after three innings in game two. Gabe Somarriba went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Mike Cox and Brown added two RBI of their own.
Matt O'Brien (5-1) earned his first start since a scheduled three-inning outing against Harvard on March 26. O'Brien, a sophomore from Royal Palm Beach, FL pitched four innings, allowed only three hits and no walks.
Florida Atlantic will travel to DeLand, FL for a three-game series on Friday and Saturday against No. 25 Stetson. The last time the teams met, FAU defeated Stetson 2-1 on a Rusty Brown home run in the conference tournament.