FGCU Overpowers St. Vincent in doubleheader
Eagles Sports News
Eric Wagman, Assistant Sports Information Director
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Ft. Myers, FL 33965
Office Phone: 239-590-7060
For Immediate Release
Florida Gulf Coast University 15, St. Vincent 0
Florida Gulf Coast University 8, St. Vincent 1
Next Game: Tuesday, February 24, @ Florida Memorial (DH). First pitch set for 1:00 pm.
FGCU Overpowers St. Vincent in both games of a doubleheader 15-0 and 8-1
Fort Myers, FL – Behind two excellent pitching performances and an ever improving offense the Eagles swept both ends of a doubleheader against an overmatched St. Vincent ball club 15-0 and 8-1, respectively.
The Eagles took out the frustration of the season’s worst loss the day before by jumping out quick with a five spot in the bottom of first inning. The first five Eagle runners reached base with the highlight being a bases clearing double by Junior first baseman Adam Masino. Masino went 1 for 3 with three runs batted in. The inning ended with FGCU up 5-0.
The next two innings were more of the same as the Eagles scored two in the second and four in the third to make the score 11-0. A red-hot Patrick Stubbe drove in the last two runs in the third on a triple that one hopped the right field fence. For the game Stubbe was 1 for 3 with two runs batted in. FGCU would go on to score in each of the remaining three innings to give them the 15-0 final score.
Other offensive leaders for the Eagles were Sophomores Kip Perry and Jason Cooper. Perry was 3 for 3 with two runs batted in and one run scored. Cooper was 2 for 3 with three runs batted in. Two of those runs batted in came on his team leading fifth home run.
Sophomore pitcher Jason Short gave the Eagles a solid pitching performance to take his record to 2-1 on the season. Short shutout the Bearcats over six innings of work while giving up eight hits and striking out four.
Offensive leaders for the Bearcats were Mike Schock, Kevin Zaffino, and Brandon DePhillips with two hits apiece.
Taking the loss for the Bearcats was right handed starter Kip Watkins. Watkins gave up nine hits and 11 runs, 10 earned, over three innings of work.
The excitement didn’t start right away like it did in game one, but the Eagles would once again dominate St. Vincent in game two of the doubleheader. After two innings dominated by both of the pitchers, FGCU put together a six run inning in the bottom of the third as they batted around the order. The scoring started with a RBI triple to deep left centerfield by Cooper that scored Perry, who had reached on a walk. They went on to score five more runs in the inning, all with two outs. The key hits in the rally were Mike Howard’s RBI double and a RBI single by Travis Cunningham. After all the damage was done the Eagles had a 6-0 lead going into the fourth.
Centerfielder Cy Haponski started the top of the Bearcat fourth with a triple to left centerfield; the team’s first hit of the game. He would later score on a sacrifice fly to right field by second baseman Dan Consuerga. Although later in the inning they loaded the bases behind two bases on balls, Eagle starting pitcher Ryan Williams got designated hitter Josh Morrow to strike out looking to end the inning.
The Eagles then responded with a two run inning although they never got the ball out of the infield. Perry scored the first run on a bases loaded walk to Howard and Cooper scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Sophomore Derek Mollica.
Perry went 2 for 2 with two runs scored as he finished 5 for 5 for the doubleheader. Including his two walks in the second game, Perry reached base in all 7 of his plate appearances in the doubleheader.
Sophomore right fielder Travis Cunningham also had a good game at the plate as he went 2 for 4 with one run scored, one RBI, and a stolen base.
Williams went all seven innings to get the win and improve his record to 3-0. He gave up only 2 hits and one run while striking out 9 Bearcat batters. For the season he now has a 1.59 ERA and has struck out 24 batters in 17 innings pitched.
Taking the loss for the Bearcats was starter Jim Strayhorne (0-1). Over three innings of work he gave up 8 hits and 8 runs (7 earned) while striking out and walking four.
The only two Bearcat batters to muster a hit off Williams were Haponski and first baseman Joe Pichler.
The Eagles (11-4) will play @ Florida Memorial (DH) on Tuesday starting at 1:00 pm.