Eagles split with Mt. Mercy and Mt. Vernon Nazarene
Friday, March 28, 2003

Fort Myers – The FGCU baseball team lost a hard fought game against Mt. Mercy 7-6, but bounced back in the second game defeating Mt. Vernon Nazarence 5-4 to earn a split tonight.

In the first game, the Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning as freshman Kip Perry led off with a single followed by a Jason Cooper double. Freshman Joey Tolisano then came up and singled, scoring Cooper. Chris Brown reached on a fielder’s choice, and would score on a double steal.

Mt. Mercy would get two back in the second, but the Eagles countered with a run of their own to make the score 4-2 after two innings.

Mt. Mercy scored another run in the top of the third, and added two more in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead.

After Mike Howard reached on an error in the sixth, the Eagles would get two consecutive outs, Kip Perry delivered a clutch double, scoring Howard, and tying the game at 5-5.

Freshman Rene Ruiz drew a two-out walk to bring up freshman slugger Jason Cooper who would reach on an error, scoring Perry to put the Eagles up 6-5.

However, Mt. Mercy would score two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-6 lead, and the Eagles could not answer as they suffered just their eighth loss of the season, just missing out on the three-game sweep of MMC.

Kip Perry led the Eagles offensively as he went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI.

Jason Cooper went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Freshman Jason Short suffered his second loss of the season (4-2) as he went the distance, giving up 12 hits, 5 earned runs, and striking out 4.

In the second game, freshman pitcher Chris Hassen had a perfect game through four innings before Mt. Vernon Nazarene scored three runs in the fifth to tie the game.

The Eagles would get a run in the bottom of the fifth to go up one after Chris Brown singled home Kip Perry.

Mt. Vernon Nazarene would answer in the top of the seventh inning scoring a run to tie the game, but the Eagles would counter with a run of their own to win the game.

Freshman Cesar Florin hit a clutch double to lead off the inning, and Kip Perry would reach on an error by the shortstop, which scored pinch runner Pat Stubbe to win the game.

Kip Perry led the Eagles once again as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI’s.

Freshman Chris Garcia had a solid game as he went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s.

Freshman Chris Hassen picked up his team high eighth victory (8-1) of the season as he through a complete game, striking out six.

The Eagles improve to 25-8-1 on the season and will battle Gustovus Adolphus Sunday at 9 a.m. at Terry Park.