LAKELAND, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team dropped a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon to No. 6 Florida Southern, 18-13 and 5-0, at Henley Field in Division II South Region play.
In the nightcap, Ken Wadsworth and Kyle DeYoung combined for a five-hit shutout to give the Moccasins a sweep of the three-game series. Florida Southern improved to 25-4. FGCU dropped to 26-7.
Wadsworth worked six innings, scattering three hits while striking out a season-high 10 and walking just one, to earn his fifth win without a loss. DeYoung worked a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout. Junior left-hander Tony Korson (5-2) took the loss for the Eagles, allowing six hits and two runs in four innings.
Geoff Strickland had four hits and scored twice, while Nick Diyorio had two hits and drove in three runs for FSC.
In the first game, the Moccasins jumped out to an 18-2 lead after four innings, but three FSC relief pitchers gave up 11 runs and 14 hits in four-and-a-third innings as the Eagles made a late rally to get back in the game. The Moccasins scored six runs in the first, then sent 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run third inning. FGCU sent 12 batters to the plate in an eight-run sixth inning.
The Eagles outhit the Moccasins 21-18, but the Moccasins had three home runs. Paul Ryan, Jeff Howell and Fred Popp each hit two-run homers. Senior centerfielder David Cox had a solo homer, his fourth, for the Eagles. Junior first baseman Reggie Johnson drove in four runs for the Eagles and was one of five Eagles with three hits.
Ryan Cahalan, the only Moccasin pitcher who did not allow a run, was credited with the win, improving his record to 4-1. Sophomore right-hander Chris Hassen, who left in the third inning, suffered his first loss in seven decisions.
FGCU travels to Columbia, South Carolina for a three-game series with Benedict College, beginning with a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.