Babson Park, FL – The FGCU baseball team swept Webber International (10-2, 3-1, and 7-1) in a three-game series this weekend in Babson Park to improve to 29-9-1 on the season.
In the first game, Freshman Jason Short pitched the school’s first ever 9-inning complete game as he struck out six, surrendered seven hits, and gave up two earned runs. Short, now 5-2 on the season threw his fourth complete game of the season as he now has 56 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.
Offensively, the Eagles pounded out 13 hits, as Rene Ruiz and Mike Howard led the way with four hits each. Ruiz went 4-for-6 with a run scored, while Howard went 4-for-5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI.
Freshman Joey Tolisano hit his team high ninth home run of the season as he went 1-for2 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBI’s.
The second game proved to be a pitchers battle as Freshman Chris Hassen (9-1) led the Eagles winning his team best ninth game of the season, and team best fifth complete game. Hassen struck out nine Warriors while surrendering just five hits in the win. Hassen has now thrown 59.2 innings, and has struck out 71 batters.
The game was tied at one going into the top of the sixth inning, but a clutch lead off triple by freshman center fielder Travis Cunningham gave the Eagles the momentum they needed to take the lead.
Freshman Kip Perry would follow Cunningham with a clutch hit of his own as he doubled to deep left center field scoring Cunningham to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Two batters later freshman designated hitter Jason Cooper singled Perry home to give the Eagles the insurance run Hassen needed to bring home the win.
Junior left fielder David Cox went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win including two doubles, which ties him for the team lead with 16.
Cooper was the other Eagle with a two-hit game as he went 2-for3.
The third game of the series proved to be all FGCU, as freshman flamethrower Chris Cahill (4-1) picked up his fourth win of the season.
Cahill pitched a complete game, surrendering four hits, one earned run, while striking out seven.
The Eagles pounded out thirteen hits once again, and were led by Junior Mike Howard who blasted his fifth home run of the season. Howard ended the day 2-for-3 with 3 RBI’s and a run scored.
Junior first baseman Chris Brown went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBI’s as he is still hitting a blistering .440.
David Cox continued to have a big day as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI.
Freshman third baseman Chris Garcia hit his first career home run as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Garcia is now hitting .423, and slugging an impressive .559.
The Eagles improve to 29-9-1 now, and will battle Barry University in a rematch this Tuesday in Miami.