FGCU Baseball Team Splits with Winona State
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University and Winona State University split a baseball doubleheader Friday afternoon at the FGCU Baseball Complex, with FGCU winning the opener 14-2 before dropping the nightcap 4-2.
The loss snapped the Eagles 19-game winning streak, the longest winning streak in Division II. With the split, FGCU is 23-4 while WSU is 6-5.
Winona State scored single runs in each of thee first three innings off FGCU starter Tony Korson (Bethesda, MD). The Eagles answered with single runs in the first and third innings but WSU scored an insurance run in the sixth as the Eagles lost for the first time since February 15.
WSU starter Brandon Hellenbrand (3-0) tossed a six-hitter and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings. Korson (5-1) allowed five hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out five. The earned runs were the first allowed by Korson in 29.1 innings this season.
In the opener, FGCU scored four runs in the fourth to blow open a 2-1 game and went on to the 14-2 win. Sophomore outfielder Kevin Burns (Fort Myers) went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer to pace a 13-hit attack. Junior Jason Cooper (Bradenton, FL) and freshman Shawn Griffin (Hollywood, FL) each went 2-for-4.
Sophomore right-hander Jason Kiley (Palm Harbor, FL) improved to 2-0 on the mound, giving up five hits and two runs in seven innings. Senior right-hander Billy Phillips was perfect over the final two innings.
FGCU hosts Saint Rose in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. on Monday at the FGCU Baseball Complex.