Fort Myers – The FGCU baseball team (2-0) scored 8 unanswered runs in the seventh and eight innings to defeat Savannah College of Art and Design (0-2) 18-7 today at Terry Park.
Starting pitcher Chris Hassen got off to a slow start by giving up six runs in two innings (3 earned runs), but settled down tremendously from that point on as he went six innings, struck out 8, and showed signs of great composure for a young freshman starter.
The eagle defense did not help him out much today however, as they committed six errors, all of which were early in the game when SCAD jumped out to an early 6-0 lead.
Offensively, Sophomore Outfielder David Alexander came off the bench to help spark the momentum Coach Dave Tollett’s club needed as he went 3-for-5, knocking in 5 RBI’s, and scoring 3 runs.
Junior Outfielder Mike Howard played a solid game, as he was 3-for-6 from the plate, scoring 3 runs, and knocking in a runner.
Junior First Baseman Chris Brown went 3-for-6, scoring three runs, and knocking in 3 RBI’s.
The eagle’s erupted for 25 total hits on the day as Junior Short Stop Keith Sommer also had an impressive offensive game, going 3-for-5, scoring 3 runs, and earning 3 RBI’s.
Freshman Rene Ruiz came off the bench today, and contributed nicely scoring 2 runs, and knocking in a pair.
Chad Kennedy was the other eagle standout on offense as he went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s.
Eric Jordan and Loren Prive made their first appearances of the season in relief of Hassen, and matched the outstanding performance from last night’s bullpen as they combined for 2 innings of pitching, striking out five, and only giving up two hits.
Chris Hassen earned his first win of the season, as the eagles improve to 2-0.
For the Bees, lead off man Sean Smith had a solid day as he went 2-for-3, scoring a pair of runs.
Alex Cotto went 2-for-4 as he drove in a pair of runs.
The eagles will take on the University of North Florida Wednesday afternoon (2 pm) at Hammond Stadium. This will be a good test of where the Eagles are at in their young program, as the Osprey’s are ranked sixth in the nation (NCAA II).