FGCU Baseball Splits Two Games with Florida Tech
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Tech split a pair of baseball games at Swanson Stadium Tuesday afternoon, with FGCU grabbing a 7-5 win in the completion of a suspended game before Florida Tech won the second game 6-3.
FGCU (35-12) scored two runs in the eighth inning in the completion of the second game of a doubleheader suspended due to darkness at Florida Tech on February 12. The game resumed in the top of the eighth inning of a game with the teams tied at 5-5.
Junior Chris Perry (Largo, Fla.) ripped a two-out, two-run double down the leftfield line to score freshman Juan Hernandez (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) with the go-ahead runs.
The Eagles trailed 5-0 in the game before scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth inning and capped off the comeback with three runs in the seventh.
Perry came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with three RBI while junior Jason Cooper (Bradenton, Fla.) went 2-for-5 with a double. Freshman closer J.J. Crumbley (Tampa, Fla.) pitched a perfect eighth inning to pick up his fourth save in relief of starter Jason Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.), who improved to 5-2 with seven innings of work.
In the regularly scheduled contest, Florida Tech (27-21) banged out 15 hits to split the season series with FGCU at 2-2.
The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth on a two-run homer by DH Bubba DiFabio. The Eagles cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run to left field by senior David Cox (Sarasota, Fla.), his career-high eighth of the season.
An RBI double by junior Jason Louwsma followed by a sacrifice fly from Cooper gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. However, the Panthers got to junior starter Les Hassen (Port Charlotte, Fla.) in the sixth, picking up three runs on five hits to regain the lead 5-3. They added an insurance run in the ninth.
The Eagles stranded three base runners in the seventh and two in the eighth against Panthers reliever Jody Danca, who pitched four scoreless innings of relief for the win. Hassen (4-2) took the loss.
Right fielder Jonathan Baksh went 3-for-5 with two runs scored for the Panthers, who had six different players with at least two hits. Cox had three of the Eagles seven hits.
FGCU hosts Nova Southeastern on Senior Night at Swanson Stadium on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the home finale.
Three players - David Cox, Tony Korson and Billy Phillips, will be making their final home appearances in an Eagles uniform.
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