Knights break close game open late to down Eagles 12-4
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Fort Myers, FL – It was a great ball game for seven innings, but the Lynn University Knights scored eight runs in the eighth inning to brake the game open and get the 12-4 win over the FGCU Eagles. The Eagles are now 19-9 on the season. Unlike the night before when the offenses needed time to warm up, both teams came out swinging. They each put two runs on the board to make the game 2-2 after one. The Knights got their two runs on an RBI triple by Raymond Perez and an RBI double by Francisco Dinzey that scored Perez. The Eagles two runs were scored on an RBI double to left center off the bat of Jason Cooper. The hit scored Sophomores Rene Ruiz and Travis Cunningham, who had both singled to get on. In the top of the fifth Lynn came back with two more runs on three hits and a walk. With one out center fielder John Zagaria got on with a well-placed bunt down the third base line. David Herrero followed with a sharp single to left field and Mike Scott walked to load the bases. Scott was then forced out at second on a groundball off the bat of Perez that scored Zagaria. With runners on first and third, George Brandner then singled to right field to drive in Herrero and make the score 4-2. In the bottom of the sixth the Eagles came back to score the two on a deep two run homer off the batter’s eye by Mike Mathews. The home run was Mathews’ third of the season. After a scoreless seventh the Knights broke the game open with eight runs in the eighth. The first eight hitters got on base via a hit or walk. The big hit of the inning was a two run double off the bat of designated hitter Mike Romeo. Herrero also hit a two run single up the middle through a drawn in infield to score two more. By the end of the inning the score was 12-4. Picking up the win for the Knights was starting pitcher Joel Burnett. urnett pitched seven innings and gave up four runs on eight hits while striking out five. Taking the loss for the Eagles was reliever Troy Beall. Beall (1-1) went two innings and gave up one run on two hits while striking out one. Starter Chris Hassen pitched five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out six. Having good days at the plate for the Eagles were Mike Howard, Rene Ruiz, and Travis Cunningham. Howard went 3 for 3 with a double. Ruiz and Cunningham were both 2 for 5 with one run scored. The Eagles (19-9) will play Monday vs. North Dakota State starting at 7:00 pm.