FGCU Baseball Win Streak at 14 Games
ATLANTA, GA. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team improved its winning streak to a school-record 14 straight with a doubleheader sweep of Morehouse College, 19-2 and 7-6 in eight innings, in Division II South Region baseball action Wednesday afternoon.
In the nightcap, junior shortstop Jason Louwsma (Sanford, FL) went 2-for-3, hitting a home run for the fourth straight game - a solo shot in the fifth inning for his seventh of the year - and adding a RBI single for FGCU. Junior first baseman Reggie Johnson (Jacksonville, FL) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and freshman right fielder Shawn Griffin (Hollywood, FL) hit his fourth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Junior Nick Perez (Cooper City, FL), the third Eagles pitcher, picked up the win in relief to improve to 2-0.
In the opener, FGCU scored eight runs in the first and five in the second to cruise to the 19-2 win, shortened to five innings. Freshman left fielder Mike Cleghorn (Jacksonville, FL) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and eight RBI, including his first two collegiate home runs. Cleghorn blasted a grand slam in the first inning and a solo homerun in the fourth. He added a two-run double in the fifth.
Louwsma went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and 3 RBI, including a three-run home run in the first. Freshman catcher Graig Smith (Venice, FL) also went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and one RBI. Senior center fielder David Cox (Sarasota, FL) added two hits, including a three-run homer in the second, while junior DH Mike Mathews (Venice, FL) added a single and double with two RBI for the Eagles, who had 15 hits in the game. Junior second baseman Chris Perry also hit his first home run of the season.
Senior right-hander Billy Phillips (New Port Richey, FL) pitched three innings, allowing three hits, two runs, one earned run and one walk with five strikeouts to improve to 4-1. Sophomore right-hander Willie Edge (Fort Myers, FL) pitched two scoreless innings.
FGCU (18-3 overall, 10-3 South Region) concludes its six-game road swing to Georgia with a doubleheader at Albany State on Thursday at 3 p.m.