FGCU Baseball Tops Indianapolis 6-5
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team jumped out to a 6-1 lead and held on for a 6-5 victory over the University of Indianapolis Wednesday evening at the FGCU Baseball Complex.
The win extended the #12 Eagles (22-3) winning streak to 18 games, currently the longest streak in NCAA Division II.
Junior shortstop Jason Louwsma (Sanford, FL) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI to lead the Eagles nine-hit attack. Louwsma, who now has a team-leading 38 RBI, had a RBI double in the first, his eight home run of the year in the third, and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Junior second baseman Chris Perry (Largo, FL) also went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Senior center fielder David Cox (Sarasota, FL) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
FGCU starter Chris Hassen (Port Charlotte, FL) kept the Greyhounds at bay until the sixth. Indianapolis touched Hassen (5-0) for two runs on two hits and a walk, but the redshirt sophomore induced a pop-out to strand two runners. Hassen gave up six hits and three runs, two earned runs and three walks while striking out eight batters. Junior right-hander Troy Beall (Kissimmee, FL) pitched a perfect seventh and eighth.
The Greyhounds rallied for two runs in the ninth on a two-out two-run home run by Brent Miller off junior closer Nick Perez (Cooper City, FL) to cut the lead to 6-5. But FGCU freshman reliever J.J. Crumbley (Tampa, FL) came on to strike out pinch hitter Cliff Eiland to record his first collegiate save.
FGCU hosts Molloy College (N.Y.) at 7 p.m. at the FGCU Baseball Complex on Thursday night.