Eagles take series 9-3 over Florida Tech
Sunday, February 15, 2004
Eagles Sports News Eric Wagman, Assistant Sports Information Director 10501 FGCU Blvd. South Ft. Myers, FL 33965 Office Phone: 239-590-7060 Email: ewagman@fgcu.edu For Immediate Release 2/15/04 Florida Gulf Coast University 9, Florida Tech 3 Next Game: Sunday, February 17, at Clearwater Christian (DH). First pitch set for 5:00 pm. Eagles jump out early and take rubber game of the series 9-3 over Florida Tech. Fort Myers, FL – Looking to win their first three game series of the season, the Eagles got up early with five runs in the first inning and took the series victory with a 9-3 victory. The game did not start off well for FGCU as left handed starter Ryan Williams gave up two singles and a base on balls leaving him with the bases loaded and nobody out. He then demonstrated why the professional scouts have been following him all spring as he swiftly struck out the middle of the Florida Tech order to end the inning. Energized from William’s performance in the top of the inning, the Eagles offense exploded for five runs. Senior Chris Brown led off the inning with a hard single to right field and then took second on an error by right fielder Scott Aslan. Sophomore Rene Ruiz then attempted to sacrifice Brown over to third but ended up being safe himself on a muffed throw by Florida Tech starting pitcher Blake Brock leaving the Eagles with runners on first and third with no one out. A rattled Brock then threw a wild pitch in the dirt that scored Brown and moved Ruiz over to second. After a walk to Jason Cooper and a sacrifice bunt by Travis Parrott the Eagles got an RBI groundout from sophomore Jay Ralston and a RBI single by senior Mike Howard to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Derek Mollica then chased Brock from the game with an RBI double down the leftfield line scoring Howard. After the Panthers brought right hander Lyle Sawyer into the game, sophomore Mike Mathews hit a bloop RBI single to center giving the Eagles the final run of the inning and a 5-0 lead. After the Panthers narrowed the score to 6-3, the Eagles offense once again stepped to the plate and delivered with a three run seventh inning that would put the game out of reach. The inning was highlighted by a Parrott RBI single and a two run double off the bat of Mollica. Parrott finished the day 3 for 4 while raising his batting average to a team leading .471. Mollica contributed two RBI doubles while finishing 2 for 3 on the day. Also having good days at the plate for the Eagles were Howard and Mathews with two hits a piece. Picking up the win for the Eagles was Williams (2-0) who gave up five hits and two runs over five innings while striking out six. Sophomore Jason Short picked up his first save of the season behind four solid innings of relief in which he gave up only one run and struck out three. Leading the way for the Panthers were the two players at the top of the lineup, shortstop Steven Condotta and right fielder Scott Aslan, and left fielder Joseph Sacco. Condotta and Aslan had three hits a piece and Sacco had a big two RBI single that produced both of the Florida Tech runs for the day. Taking the loss for the Panthers was Brock who surrendered five earned runs and three hits over 2/3 of an inning. The Eagles (6-3) will play at Clearwater Christian (DH) on Tuesday starting at 5:00 pm.