Eagles erupt for four home runs in 17-7 win
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Fort Myers – The FGCU baseball team improved to 23-7-1 today as they pounded out 21 hits in a 17-7 route of Thomas College.

Mike Howard hit two home runs, and went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI’s upping his average to .304 on the season. Howard, who has been on the edge of breaking out recently, has hit the ball hard the last four games, and finally connected on two blasts to give him three home runs on the season (tied for 2nd).

Freshman Jason Cooper continued to crush the ball as he went a perfect 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored and a RBI. Cooper hit his sixth double of the season as he is now second on the team in batting average at an impressive .442.

Freshman Joey Tolisano hit a grand slam tonight, giving him seven home runs on the season. Tolisano finished with 5 RBI’s and a run scored as he went 3-for-5. Tolisano is now hitting .402.

Junior slugger Chris Brown continued to lead the Eagles as he went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple. Brown scored three runs, and knocked in an impressive 5 RBI’s. Brown is hitting .464 on the season and extends his hitting streak to twelve games.

Lead off man Kip Perry continued to get on base as he went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Perry, who is earning a “tough as nails” reputation, is leading the team in on base percentage at .516, and finds a way go get on base.

Junior David Cox, who is third on the team in hitting at .425, went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI.

Junior Billy Corrigan went a perfect 2-for-2 on the day as he knocked in a pair of runs in the win.

Freshman Justin Miller made his sixth start of the season, but only went an inning and a third as he gave up one earned run while striking out one.

Freshman Brian Deese, who picked up his first career win, pitched four solid innings, striking out a pair, and surrendering just five hits. Deese, who has come on for the Eagles as of late, has yet to give up an earned run through five total innings of relief.

Junior Eric Jordan relieved Deese in the sixth, and pitched extremely well as he went an inning and a third, struck out three, and did not give up a hit. Jordan picked up his second save of the season as well.

The Eagles will take on Mount Vernon Nazerene and Mount Mercy College this Friday beginning at 4 pm at Terry Park.