Eagles Prevail Over Oklahoma State, 10-7
STILLWATER, Okla. - Zach Maxfield and Austin Gaines combined for seven RBI to lead the FGCU baseball team to a 10-7 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in Stillwater, Okla.
The Eagles improve to 15-9 on the season, while OSU drops to 15-7.
Jack Wagoner (Berlin, Conn.) earned the win for the Eagles. Wagoner (1-1) came in and threw one inning in relief. Richie Erath (West Palm Beach, Fla.) earned his first save of the season after throwing one inning and striking out two batters.
Patrick Nathanson (Maitland, Fla.) received his six start of the season. Nathanson (2-1) earned the no decision after throwing 5.2 innings and allowed five runs (five earned) on six hits, while striking out six Cowboys.
Trevor Walch received the loss for Oklahoma State. Walch (0-1) threw 2.1 innings, gave up three runs (three earned) on three hits.
Once again, FGCU took an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning. Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario) led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Later in the inning Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.) reached on a walk and was followed by back-to-back singles by Tim Roberson (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Zach Maxfield (North Port, Fla.). Maxfield’s single brought in Wickens and Alvarez. Roberson later scored on a groundout by Austin Gaines (Dunedin, Fla.) to give the Eagles an early 3-0 lead.
Nathanson threw three scoreless innings until Oklahoma State got on the board in the fourth inning. A home run to right field by Mark Ginther cut the Eagles lead down to 3-1.
Two innings later, the Cowboys used a four-run inning to take the lead. Tom Belza led off the Cowboys sixth inning with a single to centerfield. After Nathanson retired the next Oklahoma State batter, Nico Rosthenhaus sent an RBI triple to the right center gap and later scored on a pass ball to even the score at three. Nathanson fanned the next hitter, but the Cowboys used a single by Luis Uribe, an RBI double by Kevin Chambers and an RBI single by Dusty Harvard to take the 5-3 lead.
After the Eagles three-run first, FGCU scattered only three hits before regaining a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh. Alvarez singled to right field to start the inning, but the next two Eagle hitters were retired to bring up Gaines. Gaines sent a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for his third home run of the season that tied the game at five. FGCU’s final run in the inning came off the bat of Kurtis Mullaney (Jacksonville, Fla.), Mullaney singled through the right side and scored Pete Woodworth (St. Petersburg, Fla.), who entered as a pinch runner.
Oklahoma State threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners on first and third with one out. FGCU reliever Jack Wagoner was able to pickoff Davis Duren at third and later get Rosthenhaus to pop out to third to end the Cowboys' threat.
In the top of the eighth, FGCU added four more runs to take a 10-5 lead. Roberson singled with one out, and Maxfield followed with a two-run home run. Gaines followed Maxfield’s fourth home run of the season with a walk, and Luke Smierciak (Gainesville, Fla.) brought in Gaines with a triple to center field. Just one pitch later, Josh Chester (Westin, Fla.) singled up the middle to score Smierciak.
Oklahoma State would not go quietly as they scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Eagles lead down to 10-7. Eric Walker’s single to center field scored both Harvard and Chambers who each walked.
Four Eagles recorded multiple hits on the night, Maxfield led the way going 3-for-4 with four RBI. Alvarez went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Roberson finished 2-for-6 with two runs scored and Mullaney went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Gaines drove in three RBI as he finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
FGCU returns to conference play on Friday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Swanson Stadium against Mercer. The A-Sun match up concludes on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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