FGCU Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Barry
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University and Barry University split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Swanson Stadium, with the Eagles holding off the Buccaneers 4-3 in the nightcap after Barry won the opener 2-1.
In the nightcap, FGCU sophomore right-hander Chris Hassen (Port Charlotte, Fla.) was dominating through six innings and finished with a complete-game six hitter to improve his record to 8-2.
After the Bucs reached Hassen for a run in the first on a walk and a RBI double, the Eagles came back to score single runs in the first and third to take a 2-1 lead. FGCU added unearned runs in the fifth and sixth innings to stake Hassen, who finished with 11 strikeouts, to a 4-1 lead.
In the seventh inning, the Bucs touched Hassen for a single by Brian Lima and a walk to Nick Corbeil to put runners on first and third with no outs. Pinch hitter Jon Fraginals followed with a single to score Lima from third while a throwing error on the play by senior center fielder David Cox (Sarasota, Fla.) allowed the second run to score and Franginals to advance to second. With the score 4-3, Hassen, who ranks among the NCAA Division II leaders in wins, came back to strike out pinch hitter Bobby Hatney for the first out. Barry’s Alex Menses followed with a base hit to advance the potential tying run to third base. However, Hassen settled down to record a strikeout and ground out to end the game.
Second baseman Pat Stubbe (Largo, Fla.) led the Eagles eight-hit attack in game two with a pair of singles. Junior shortstop Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) had a RBI triple while junior third baseman Ian Manson (Plano, TX) added a double and scored a run. Barry was led offensively by first baseman Fausto Faraldo, who went 2-for-3 with a double.
In the opener, senior right-hander Alex Gonzalez tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lead Barry to the 2-1 win. Gonzalez (7-2) struck out nine and walked just one as the Eagles only had three runners reach as far as second base.
Barry scored a single run in the fourth inning and led 1-0 into the seventh when junior DH Mike Mathews (Venice, Fla.) drilled a one-out solo home run, his third, over the fence in right field to tie the game at one. However, the Bucs came back to take a 2-1 lead in the eight and Gonzalez retired the final eight FGCU hitters to close it out.
Sophomore right-hander Jason Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was the hard luck loser for FGCU, allowing just two runs, one earned, on eight hits in eight innings of work. Kiley (4-2) struck out three and walked one. Mathews had the only other Eagles base hit off Gonzalez, a double to lead off the third.
FGCU is now 33-12 and Barry is 25-18. The two teams will conclude the three-game series at Swanson Stadium, which was dedicated in honor of Duane and Cookie Swanson of Fort Myers prior to the game, tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.