Rusty Brown holds a .347 average
April 19, 2002
History repeated itself as Rusty Brown's left field home run earned No. 17 Florida Atlantic University (33-6, 16-0 A-Sun) a 5-4 win over No. 22 Stetson (31-7, 13-4 A- Sun). The win is FAU's 18th come from behind victory this season.
FAU jumped up early in the second inning with three runs on three hits. All of the runs came with two outs in the inning. After Rusty Brown reached on a walk the bottom of the lineup came through for the Blue Wave. In Andre deCordova's first start of the season he reached on a single. Robert Orton and Bobby Spano both connected on doubles to give FAU the 3-0 advantage.
Starting pitcher Chris Pillsbury (Jacksonville, FL) retired the Stetson lineup the first time through before the Hatters scored two runs on two hits in the fourth to bring it within one run. Pillsbury struck out the first two batters of the inning but allowed Chris Westervelt to reach base on a wild pitch. A single followed by a double by cleanup hitter Brian Zenchyk made the score 3-2.
Stetson continued with a run a piece in the next two innings. Pillsbury gave up three doubles in the two frames.
In the seventh Florida Atlantic took the lead for good as Brown hit his sixth homer of the season to score two. The hit proved to be the game winner. When the two teams meet in the 2001 Atlantic Sun Tournament, Brown posted FAU's only runs of the game as he homered to left to give FAU a first round victory.
Pillsbury earned the win to improve to 8-0. He struck out five and only walked one after a two week break.
Chris Della Rocco and Tom MacLane both came out of the pen to set up closer Tim McNab in
the ninth. The three combined for five strike outs but added a little excitement in the eighth when
Della Rocco allowed two singles to put a man on first and third with two outs. MacLane then
entered to strike out pinch hitter Lee Bagley to stop the threat.
The two teams will continue the three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.