FGCU Baseball Takes Pair from Benedict
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Florida Gulf Coast University swept a NCAA Division II South Region doubleheader from Benedict College Tuesday afternoon at Bomber Stadium, winning the opener 20-3 and taking the nightcap 5-3.
FGCU trailed 3-2 in the sixth inning of the nightcap before rallying for two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to complete the sweep. The Eagles had little trouble generating offense in the opener, scoring at least 20 runs for the second time this spring on 18 hits, including eight extra-base hits.
FGCU improves to 28-7 overall and 14-6 against south region foes. Benedict falls to 12-19 overall.
Junior right-hander Les Hassen (4-2) held the Tigers to three hits in six innings in the second game, striking out six batters and walking one. Freshman reliever J.J. Crumbley threw a perfect seventh inning to record his third save.
In the sixth, the Eagles scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly from freshman Juan Hernandez before senior David Cox scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch with two outs. FGCU added an insurance run in the final inning on a two-out RBI single by Cox. Both Cox and junior Jason Cooper, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games, had two hits each to lead a six-hit attack. Junior Ian Manson had a two-run homer in the second inning for the Eagles.
FGCU tallied runs in five different innings, including eight runs in the second inning, in the opener. It was the 14th time that the Eagles have had at least 10 hits in a game this season.
Junior Chris Perry went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, four RBI and his second home run of the year. Cox went 3-for-4 with three doubles and four RBI while junior Jason Louwsma went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles for FGCU.
Sophomore right-hander Jason Kiley (2-0) pitched five innings, scattering six hits, to record the win in game one.
The two teams conclude the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.