Early Runs Lead FAU to Victory Over No. 24 @FGCU_Baseball
|Win: Miller (2-0)||3.0||2||0||0||2||4|
|Loss: KNOBLAUCH (3-1)||0.0||4||5||5||0||0|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Surrendering eight runs over the opening two innings, the No. 24 FGCU baseball team dropped its mid-week meeting with in-state foe FAU, 9-0, on Wednesday evening at Swanson Stadium.
The Eagles’ record dropped to 20-9 in the losing effort, as they were shutout for the first time this season. FAU improved to 22-11 on the year while lowering the FGCU lead in the all-time series to 7-4.
After opening the contest with a leadoff homerun for an early 1-0 edge in the first, the Owls batted around their lineup in the inning en route to establishing a 7-0 lead.
FAU added insurance runs in the second and fourth innings to eventually move out in front 9-0.
Finding runners in scoring position in six of the nine frames, including runners on third in four of those innings, the Green and Blue were unable to plate a run in the contest. The FGCU side of the fourth supplied the best scoring opportunity, holding the bases loaded with two away. However, the threat was neutralized as FAU induced a fly ball to centerfield to end the inning.
The Eagles tallied four hits in the contest with junior Brandon Bednar (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) (1-for-5), senior Mike Reeves (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter’s Secondary) (1-for-4, BB), sophomore Michael Suchy (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast HS) (1-for-3) and junior Andrew Valencia (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) (1-for-4) each accounting for one hit.
Using six arms in the contest, the Eagles received a solid relief outing from sophomore right-hander Jack English (Delray Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman HS), who went three scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out six of the 12 batters he faced.
FAU plated nine runs on 15 hits and a pair of FGCU errors. Opening the contest for the Owls, Fort Myers, Fla. product RHP Kyle Miller allowed just two hits in his three innings of work, adding four strikeouts while improving to 3-0 in his freshman campaign.
FGCU now turns its attention back to Atlantic Sun Conference play, as it heads to Macon, Ga. to do battle with Mercer (26-10, 7-5 A-Sun) in a three-game set, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The two squads were picked as co-favorites to win the A-Sun entering the season, as voted on by the league coaches. The Eagles enter the weekend atop the A-Sun standings alongside UNF with a 6-3 league record, while the Bears sit in a three-way share of second place with ETSU and Kennesaw State.
A full preview of the upcoming A-Sun weekend series will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com on Thursday.
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