FGCU Baseball Falls to No. 5 Georgia College and State
VALDOSTA, GA. - No.5 Georgia College and State scored five runs in the seventh inning and went on to defeat No. 21 Florida Gulf Coast University 8-1 Friday afternoon in the first game of the Ralph Starling Classic at Grant Field hosted by Valdosta State University.
GC&SU starter Michael Antonini (2-0) held FGCU to one run in seven innings while shortstop Mike DeVeaux went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. GC&SU improves to 3-1 while FGCU fell to 4-1.
The Bobcats opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning off Eagles starter Chris Hassen (Port Charlotte, Fla.) on three hits and an error. Hassen, a junior righthander, settled down over the next four innings. In five innings of work, he allowed four hits, three runs, two earned runs and struck out five.
The Eagles cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second. Freshman Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice. He scored on a double from freshman Pat Garrido (West Palm Beach, Fla.).
GC&SU added five insurance runs in the eighth inning, keyed by a bases-loaded double by DeVeaux.
The Eagles outhit the Bobcats 9-8, but stranded seven runners and hit into two double plays. Garrido led the attack with a pair of doubles while Coleman added two singles.
FGCU meets host Valdosta State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.