June 5, 2004
With his fourth and fifth home runs in the past four games, Rusty Brown posted five RBI in the first two innings as Florida Atlantic University defeated St. Bonaventure 14-2 on the second day of the Coral Gables NCAA Regional. The senior from N. Fort Myers, FL finished the game with a career-high six RBI as he went 3-for-6 at the plate with three runs scored.
After suffering a ninth inning loss on Friday night, FAU rebounded and came out strong against the Bonnies by scoring in each of the first four innings. Brown's RBI in the first two innings were followed by Robert Orton's first career triple in the third inning to increase the lead to 9-0. With Orton on third, Jeff Fiorentino picked up an RBI with a single to left-centerfield.
Orton tied his season-high three RBI in the fourth inning with a single which allowed Robbie Widlansky to score from second base.
Matt O'Brien held the Bonnies in check while the offense went on a tear. O'Brien pitched five innings and did not allow an earned run as he gave up four hits and struck out two as his record improves to 11-3.
Craig King and Dan Bratys each led St. Bonaventure with two hits, while Bratys tallied the only Bonnies RBI.
Michael Protecter (5-3) suffered the loss after he lasted two innings and gave up seven runs on six hits.
Bobby DeMichael picked up his first save after relieving O'Brien in the sixth. DeMichael pitched four innings and gave up one run on three hits.
Brown started the three-run seventh inning for FAU with his 49th career double, tying him with Kevin Connacher with the all-time doubles mark as FAU finished the game with 14 hits.
Brown will have the opportunity to break the career record tonight when FAU takes on the loser of the Miami/NC State game tonight at 7 pm.
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