USC Upstate Takes Rain-Delayed Game One from FGCU Baseball
Saturday, March 31, 2012 | by Caleb Baker (@calebaker)
Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder
Florida Gulf Coast (9-17, 3-4 A-Sun)
USC Upstate (20-6, 6-1 A-Sun)
3/30/2012 | Spartanburg, S.C. | Attendance: 411
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Win: ROSEBOOM (5-0) 7.050016
Loss: KNAPP (4-2) 6.185412
DWYER (FGCU) 402000
MILLER (UPST) 422000

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Resuming play in the seventh inning following the rain delay from Friday evening, the FGCU baseball team fell to USC Upstate by a final score of 6-0 in the Atlantic Sun series opener on Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.

The game one loss moved the Eagles’ record to 9-17 (3-4 A-Sun) while USC Upstate improved to 20-6 (6-1 A-Sun) this season.

Entering the Friday evening start with a scoreless streak of 19.2 innings and two consecutive complete-game shutouts, sophomore right-hander Ricky Knapp (Port Charlotte, Fla./Port Charlotte HS) added two more innings (21.2) to his total before surrendering an unearned run with no outs in the bottom of the third.

The Spartans pushed their lead to four runs in the bottom of the seventh after back-to-back singles and a triple to right center made it a 3-0 game. A sacrifice fly in the next at-bat extended the lead to 4-0, and the Spartans held a runner on first base with one out in the inning when the game was postponed due to the weather.

Through 6.1 innings, Knapp allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk while recording a pair of strikeouts, as his record went to 4-2 (2-1 A-Sun) in the loss. Recently earning his second consecutive A-Sun Pitcher of the Week honor, the Port Charlotte, Fla. product now owns a 1.88 ERA with 27 strikeouts and just five walks in a team-high 48 innings of work.

As play resumed on Saturday afternoon, freshman right-hander Jack English (Delray Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS) took the mound for the Eagles and surrendered one run on three hits and two walks over the final 1.2 innings.

Sophomore Sean Dwyer (Tavares, Fla./Tavares HS) went 2-for-4 in game one, while freshman Brady Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS) was successful in his two (2-for-2) chances at the plate. Freshman Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) accounted for the Eagles other hit in the opener, going 1-for-3.

Earning the game one victory, sophomore lefty David Roseboom (5-0) tossed seven scoreless innings for the Spartans, allowing five hits and one walk to go with six strikeouts.