FGCU Sweeps Doubleheader from Barry
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
Game 1: Florida Gulf Coast University 9, Barry University 4
Game 2: Florida Gulf Coast University 6 , Barry University 5
Next Game: Sunday, April 18, vs Barry University. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.
FGCU Sweeps Doubleheader from Barry University 9-4 and 6-5, respectively
Fort Myers, FL- On a beautiful Saturday afternoon the FGCU Eagles won two hard fought ball games to take their season record to 36-15.
The first few innings were dominated by the two starting pitchers, Billy Phillips for FGCU and Alex Gonzalez for Barry. After four scoreless innings, the Buccaneers were able to get on the board with a run in the top of the fifth. Cesar Aranguren led off the inning with a double over the leftfielder’s head and Carlos de la Osa drove him in later in the inning with a sharp single up the middle.
The Eagles answered back with six runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Aranguren walked three of the first four hitters to load the bases and Chris Brown then delivered the first big blow of the inning via a two-run sacrifice fly to deep center. The sacrifice fly scored both Kip Perry and Travis Cunningham to give FGCU a 2-1 lead. Jason Cooper and Adam Masino followed with hard hit singles and Mike Howard capped off the inning with a three run homer down the left field line to extend the FGCU lead to 6-1.
When Barry scored three runs in the top of the eighth to narrow the score to 7-4, FGCU pitcher Chris Cahill came in and got two quick outs to end the rally. He then earned the save by working the ninth and securing the 9-4 win.
Picking up the loss for the Buccaneers was starter Alex Gonzalez. Gonzalez pitched four and two third innings and gave up five runs, all earned, on four hits while striking out three and walking six.
Leading the way for the Eagles offensively were Rene Ruiz and Mike Howard. Rene finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Howard was 1 for 3 with four runs batted in and a home run.
Picking up the win for Eagles was starter Billy Phillips. Phillips (7-3) threw seven and one third innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on 11 hits while striking out four.
In game two the Eagles got off to a hot start with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Cunningham led off with a double and Rene Ruiz followed with a walk to give the Eagles runners at first and second. After Chris Brown sacrificed the runners over to second and third, Jason Cooper singled home Cunningham to make the score 1-0. Ruiz then scored on an error by the shortstop. The final run of the inning scored on a sacrifice push bunt off the bat of Mike Howard that plated Cooper.
The Buccaneers answered back with three runs of their own in top of the third to tie the score at 3. They scored the three runs behind three singles and a double off Eagles starter Ryan Williams.
After a scoreless fourth the Eagles took the lead back on some clutch hitting by designated hitter Adam Masino. With Rene Ruiz on third and two outs in the inning, Masino pulled a 1-2 pitch inside the left field foul poll for a two run homer that put the Eagles ahead 5-3. The Eagles would tack on one more run in the sixth to make it 6-3 going into the seventh.
The Buccaneers fought back in the top of the seventh innings with two runs to narrow the score to 6-5. With the tying run on third base Kiley induced a deep fly ball to the centerfielder to end the game.
Picking up the win for the Eagles was reliever Jason Kiley. Kiley went four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out four.
Taking the loss for Barry was reliever Jesse Naber. He worked three and one third innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out one.
The Eagle offense was led by Adam Masino, Travis Parrott, and Jason Cooper. Masino finished the game 2 for 3 with three runs batted in. The two run homer, his sixth of the season, was the big hit that gave the Eagles the lead in the fifth. Parrott and Cooper were both 2 for 3 for the game.
The Eagles (36-15) will play Sunday vs. Barry University starting at 1:00 pm.
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Graduate Asst. Baseball Coach/
Asst. Sports Information Director
Florida Gulf Coast University