FGCU Baseball Team Edges Florida Tech in 13 innings
MELBOURNE, Fla. – #24 Florida Gulf Coast University rallied for two runs in the ninth and pulled out a 6-5 win in 13 innings over Florida Tech in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader Saturday night. The nightcap was postponed due to darkness with a 5-5 score after seven innings.
Trailing 4-2 into the top of the ninth, sophomore outfielder Kevin Burns (Fort Myers, FL) led off with a double down the leftfield line. After a pat Stubbe single moved Burns to third. Sophomore Derek Mollica (Boca Raton, FL) followed with a RBI single through the infield to cut the Panthers lead to 4-3. Following a Chris Perry (Largo, FL) walk to load the bases, junior shortstop Jason Louwsma (Sanford, FL) hit a sacrifice fly to tie it at 4-4.
The Eagles scored a run in the 12th with three straight two-out singles, including an RBI single by senior center fielder David Cox (Sarasota, FL) for a 5-4 lead. Florida Tech took advantage on an Eagles error in the bottom of the 12th for an unearned run to tie the game.
In the 13th, freshman outfielder Juan Hernandez (Boca Raton, FL) reached after being hit by a pitch. Back-to-back singles by Perry and Louwsma plated the eventual game-winner.
Junior catcher Jason Cooper (Bradenton, FL) led the Eagles with three hits, while Perry, Mollica and freshman outfielder Shawn Griffin (Hollywood, FL) had two hits each.
Junior lefthander Tony Korson (Bethesda, MD), one of six Eagles pitchers, picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings of three hit, one-run relief. Freshman Brian Mastin (Venice, FL) came on in the bottom of the 13th to earn his first career save.
Eagles starter Chris Hassen (Port Charlotte, FL) pitched seven strong innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run.
In game two, Florida Tech again held the lead heading into the final inning, 5-2. The Eagles scored three runs to tie the game on a wild pitch, a RBI single by junior second baseman Pat Stubbe (Naples, FL) and a sacrifice fly by Griffin.
No make-up date was scheduled for the completion of game two. FGCU is now 4-1, while Florida Tech drops to 4-5.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.