Fort Myers, FL – Although the Eagles were only able to produce five hits all day, they split the doubleheader with Palm Beach Atlantic and won the weekend series to go to 15-5 on the season.
The first game was a pitching clinic by Sailfish starter Paul Harvey. He kept the Eagles hitters off balance all day as he gave up only three hits over seven innings while striking out six. No FGCU runner got further than second base during the entire game.
The Sailfish hitters didn’t do much better, but they seized their opportunities to score three runs off of hard luck loser Ryan Williams. Williams gave up seven hits and three runs, none earned, over five innings of work while also walking three.
First baseman Tom Baeder and third baseman Brad Halvorson led the way offensively for Palm Beach Atlantic. Baeder was 1 for 2 with one run scored and two walks. B. Halvorson finished 2 for 3 with one run scored.
Chris Brown, Adam Masino, and Mike Howard each had one hit a piece for the Eagles.
In game two the Eagles were able to turns things around and they did it from the get go. In the bottom of the first inning they jumped out to a 2-0 lead by way of a Chris Brown two run homer. After the Sailfish got on the scoreboard with a run in the second the Eagles bounced back with two more runs in the third. Sophomore Rene Ruiz and Freshman Travis Parrott led off the inning with walks and Brown promptly sacrificed them over to second and third. Ruiz then scored on a Jason Cooper groundout to the third baseman and Parrott scored on a wild pitch by reliever Brad Misskelley to make the score 4-1.
Sophomore Jason Short would never let the Sailfish get any closer while scattering eleven hits over seven innings. Short (3-1) gave up only two runs and struck out six.
The Eagles (15-5) will play vs. Augustana College on Sunday starting at 7:00 pm.