Eagles sweep doubleheader at Florida Memorial
Miami, FL – Behind two more solid pitching performances, the FGCU Eagles won both ends of a doubleheader at Florida Memorial College 10-2 and 3-2, respectively.
After both teams went scoreless in the first inning the Eagles went on to score in each of next six innings. The first run was scored in the second inning by Senior Mike Howard on a Kip Perry groundout. With the score 3-0 in the fourth the Eagles put up a two spot to take the score to 5-0. The runs were scored on back-to-back-to back singles by Rene Ruiz, Travis Parrott, and Jason Cooper.
The Lions then answered back with a solo home run to right center by Howard Sanders making the score 5-1 after 5 innings of play.
FGCU then responded with another two runs to make the score 7-1. Junior Adam Masino led off the inning with a double down the right field line and Senior followed with an infield single. Perry then sacrifice bunted Masino in. and Derek Mollica followed with a RBI single to shallow right field to score Howard.
The Eagles would go on to put up three more runs in the top of the seventh inning, giving them the final 10-2 victory.
Leading the Eagles offensively were Parrott, Howard, and Senior Chris Brown. Parrot was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Howard finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Brown went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double.
Sophomore Chris Cahill (1-0) picked up the win for the Eagles to get his first win of the season. Cahill worked five innings and gave up one run on five hits while striking out seven.
Picking up the loss for the Lions was starter Antony Bello. Bello gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings or work.
Andre Sorey and Jose R. Reyes had two hits a piece for the Lions.
Although the Eagles cruised to an easy win in the first game, the second game would be a nail bitter up to the last out. Pitching led the way as Eagles starter Jason Kiley and Lions starter Jose Reyes went back and forth matching each other almost pitch for pitch.
With the scored tied 1-1 going into the fourth, the Eagles manufactured a two run inning that would end up being the difference in the ballgame. Howard got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Perry promptly followed with a single to right field to put two runners on with no outs.
Sophomore Derek Mollica, attempting to put down a sacrifice bunt, was safe at first instead as Reyes attempted to get the force out at third but Howard just beat the throw. FGCU capitalized on the mistake by scoring the two runs behind a sacrifice fly to right by Sophomore Rene Ruiz and an infield single by Parrott. The Eagles were left with a 3-1 lead that they would never lose.
The Lions did fight back however by putting up their second run in the bottom of the fifth inning via an Ashan Sanders sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Howard Cuervo, who had singled earlier in the inning.
As Kiley began to tire and the Eagles grasping to a one run lead, they brought in left-handed reliever Tony Korson to finish out the ballgame. After mowing down the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth, things got interesting fast as Lions pinch hitter Howard Sanders doubled down the right field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Korson kept his composure and got Mario Chaoui to groundout to third to escape the inning. Korson then finished off the game with two strike outs to pick up his first save of the season.
Kiley (2-0) took the win for the Eagles by working five innings and giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six.
Taking the loss for the Lions was Reyes, who went all seven innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits while striking out three.
Key contributors for the Eagles were the middle infield combination of Ruiz and Perry. Ruiz went 1 for 3 during the game with one run scored and one RBI. Perry went 2 for 2 while scoring one of the three Eagle runs.
The Eagles (13-4) will play Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday starting at 7:00 pm.