Eagles open new ballpark with 20-2 win
Fort Myers, FL - Playing their first game of the season in front of 762 buzzing fans at FGCU’s new state of the art baseball complex, the Eagles overpowered Ed Waters College 20-2.
In what was a true team effort, standout performances were put in by sophomore catcher Jason Cooper, freshman leftfielder Travis Parrott, and senior first baseman Chris Brown. Cooper caught an excellent game behind the plate and fired the first shot for the Eagles with a three run blast off the leftfield light pole giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead in the first inning. He finished the day going 3-4 from the plate while scoring four runs and batting in another three. Playing in his first collegiate game, Parrott went 3-5 from the plate, knocked in four runs, and also stole a base. Brown, building off his strong junior campaign, had a solid day at the plate with two hits, two runs scored, two walks, and two runs batted in.
The Eagles cruised for most of the game and went into the eighth inning with a comfortable 10-2 lead, but continued to pour it on with a 10 run eighth capped by Adam Masino’s grand slam to left centerfield. FGCU held the Tigers to only two runs behind four solid pitching performances from sophomore Jason Short, sophomore Chris Hassen, junior Billy Phillips, and sophomore closer Chris Cahill. Short got the win after striking out 5 and giving up no earned runs in his four innings of work. Hassen and Phillips both worked 2 innings a piece before handing it over to Cahill for the ninth. As a whole the Eagle pitchers struck out 12 Tiger hitters while only giving up eight hits.
Antonio Rivers and Chris Matthews led the way for the Tigers with two hits a piece. Picking up the loss for Ed Waters was starter Anthony George.
The Eagles (1-0) will play a doubleheader vs Clearwater Christian on Thursday starting at 12:30 pm at the FGCU Baseball Complex.