No. 15 FGCU Baseball Sweeps Clark Atlanta
ATLANTA, GA. - Florida Gulf Coast University scored 36 runs and had 28 hits to sweep a doubleheader from Clark Atlanta University, 16-1 and 20-1, in NCAA Division II South Region play Monday evening at Perkerson Park. FGCU, ranked No. 15 in both Division II polls this week, also reached base via 14 hit batsmen and 17 walks in the two-game sweep.
Four players had two hits each to lead the Eagles in the opener, who have had at least 10 hits in nine of their last 10 games. Sophomore Shawn Griffin (Hollywood, Fla.) belted two home runs and had five RBI for FGCU. Sophomore Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) went 2-for-3, including a two-run homerun, and four RBI while senior Ian Manson (Plano, Texas) and freshman Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) each went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Senior Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) set a new school record by getting hit by a pitch three times in the game.
Senior right-hander Troy Beall (Kissimmee, FL) and freshman left-hander Jordan Fischer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) combined to hold the Panthers to just one hit in the seven-inning win. Beall (3-0) pitched the first four innings, holding CAU hitless though he did surrender an unearned run. He walked two and struck out five. Fischer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) pitched the final three innings, striking out six to record his first career save.
In the nightcap, the Eagles batted around in both the first and second innings to pull away for the 20-1 win. Griffin became the first FGCU player to hit two homers in back-to-back games with a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo shot in the seventh for his fifth round-tripper of the season. Griffin finished 3-for-5 with four RBI.
Louwsma went 2-for-2 with five RBI, including a grand slam home run in the fourth, his fifth homerun of the year. Junior Geoff Rottmayer (Clearwater, Fla.) went 3-for-4 and belted a three-run homerun, his team-leading sixth of the year, as part of a 10-run first inning. Manson and junior Derek Mollica (Boca Raton, Fla.) had two hits each as 10 Eagles recorded a base hit. Senior Chris Perry (Largo, Fla.) tied Louwsma’s new mark by getting hit by a pitch three times in the game.
Four Eagles pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts on the mound as they held the Panthers to just three hits. Junior right-hander Jason Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.) recorded four strikeouts in two innings to improve to 5-1. Sophomore right-hander JJ Crumbley (Tampa, Fla.) also had four strikeouts in two innings of relief while freshman lefty Richard Bleier (Plantation, Fla.) added three strikeouts in his two hitless innings of work. Outfielder Michael Yates (West Palm Beach, Fla.) came on to strike out the side in the seventh in his first collegiate pitching appearance.
FGCU (24-5), winners of 10 straight, continues its road trip with a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Morehouse College.
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