FGCU Baseball Sweeps Twinbill from Nova
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team swept a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon against Nova Southeastern University in south region action at the NSU Baseball Complex. FGCU rallied for a 5-4 win in the opener and took game two 5-1 to close out the three-game series.
After a two-hour rain delay to start the afternoon, FGCU got on the board first with a run in the top of the second inning when junior third baseman Ian Manson doubled home senior David Cox. The Knights answered with a run of their own in the third to tie the score at 1-1.
NSU scored twice in the bottom of the fourth for a 3-1 lead on a RBI double by Jarrod Lauth and a RBI groundout by Mike Pellerito. The Knights held the lead until the sixth, when FGCU scored twice to tie the score at 3-3 on a RBI double by freshman Shawn Griffin and a RBI single by Cox, who led FGCU with three hits.
Freshman catcher Graig Smith hit a two-run homer in the ninth to give the Eagles a 5-3 lead. The Knights plated one run in the bottom of the ninth but freshman J.J. Crumbley struck out Jeff Rodriguez with the tying run at third to preserve the win.
Crumbley (1-0), the third FGCU pitcher, picked up the win with two innings of relief. Junior left-hander Tony Korson pitched the first six innings, allowing four hits and three runs. NSU reliever Nick Carris (3-1) took the loss in the opener.
In game two, FGCU made a four-run second inning stand up, as the Eagles used a pair of key double plays defensively to keep the Knights off the scoreboard. FGCU added a run in the seventh, and NSU scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh to provide the final margin.
Sophomore right-hander Chris Hassen (7-1) went the distance in the seven-inning second game to pick up the win, while NSU starter Steve Emery (1-4) got the loss.
Junior shortstop Jason Louwsma was 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead FGCU. Junior second baseman Chris Perry was 2-for-4 while junior third baseman Ian Manson extended his hitting streak to five games with his third home run in five games. Junior Jason Cooper had his 14-game hitting streak snapped in the nightcap.
FGCU (31-8, 17-7 South Region) evened the season series with Nova Southeastern (23-11) at 2-2.
The Eagles close out a 12-game road trip with a three-game series at the University of Tampa beginning on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.