Record-Setting Offense Leads FGCU Baseball to Win
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University exploded for 29 runs on 28 hits to defeat the College of Saint Rose 29-5 in a Division II baseball game at the FGCU Baseball Complex on Tuesday. The Eagles scored in seven different innings and had 14 different players hit safely to set new single-game school records for runs scored and hits. The win also marked the 100th career victory for Eagles head coach Dave Tollett. FGCU (26-4), which has now won 22 of its last 23 games, is ranked No.19 in NCAA Division II by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Freshman outfielder Shawn Griffin (Hollywood, FL) went 4-for-7 with four runs scored and 6 RBI. Griffin, one of three players to homer for FGCU, crushed his sixth home run of the season. Senior outfielder David Cox (Sarasota, FL) went 3-for-6 with four RBI and his second home run while junior DH Mike Mathews (Venice, FL) added a grand slam, his first home run of the year. Junior third baseman Ian Manson (Plano, TX) went 3-for-5 with five RBI and two triples. Junior DH Jason Cooper (Bradenton, FL) was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Junior right hander Les Hassen (Port Charlotte, FL) pitched the first five innings, allowing four hits and two runs, Hassen (3-2) struck out three and walked one in winning his third straight decision. FGCU, which has posted a 12-3 regional record, plays its final 24 games against regional competition, including 18 games on the road. The Eagles begin a 12-game road trip with three games at No. 6 Florida Southern beginning with a 7 p.m. game on Friday.