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Eagles Complete Series Sweep of Mercer
Sunday, March 23, 2008

FORT MYERS, Fla., - The FGCU baseball team completed a three-game sweep to improve to 18-5 overall and 10-2 in the Atlantic Sun.  With the series sweep, the Eagles now have a two-game lead in the conference.  The Bears fall to 9-13 overall and 6-6 in the A-Sun.

FGCU put a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out rally.  Stephen Rassel (Lake City, Fla.) began the rally.  After a single and stolen base by Ozzie Borrell (Hialeah, Fla.), Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.) doubled to plate the two runs.

Mercer put up a pair of runs in the top-half of the fourth inning on a two RBI single by John Dortch.  The Eagles responded with three of their own in the bottom of the frame.  Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) led off with a single and after a sacrifice bunt and hit batsman, four other batters would follow with singles to score three runs.

The Bears would add a run off of a solo homerun by Tyler Brown and add two more in the top of the eighth inning.  FGCU would answer again with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) led off the inning with a single and after a pair of walks, D.J. Bissell (Longwood, Fla.) singled to put the Eagles up 6-5.  Casey Coleman tacked on two more runs with a single that plated a pair of runners to put the Eagles up 8-5.

Nick Ursitti (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) picked up the win in relief for the Eagles, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings to move to 2-0.  Starter Casey Coleman went 6.2 innings while allowing three runs, all earned.  Justice French picked up the loss for the Bears, falling to 0-1 on the year. 

Upchurch and Borrell each went 3-4 on the afternoon.  Upchurch scored a pair of runs while Borell drove in a run and scored once.  Casey Coleman also went 2-5 with a pair of RBI in the game.

The Eagles will be back in action again on Tuesday when they host USF at 6:00 pm at Swanson Stadium.