No. 17 Baseball Team Splits Doubleheader with Albany State
ALBANY, Ga. – Florida Gulf Coast University and Albany State University split a baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon with FGCU winning the opener 28-0 before dropping the nightcap 4-2. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Eagles, who lost to a South Region foe for just the second time in 15 games. With the split, FGCU is now 14-5.
The opener was an offensive explosion for FGCU. 13 different players recorded base hits as FGCU scored the second-most runs in a single game in the program history and posted the fourth highest hit total in history.
Four players had three hits each. Junior Travis Cunningham (Coral Springs, Fla.) went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, senior Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) went 3-for-7 with three runs scored and five RBI while senior Ian Manson (Plano, Texas) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and sophomore Mike Cleghorn went 3-for-3.
FGCU right-hander JJ Crumbley (Tampa, Fla.) improved to 2-0 in the first game, tossing three hitless innings with two strikeouts before giving way to freshman Richard Bleier (Plantation, Fla.), who allowed three hits over the final four innings.
The second game featured a lack of offense as the Eagles were held to just three hits. Albany State scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the second game. FGCU led 1-0 in the first when Manson’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Cunningham, who had drawn a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single by Louwsma.
Eagles’ left-hander Ryan Williams (Estero, Fla.) scattered five hits over the first five innings to keep the Rams off the scoreboard. But ASU touched Williams for two hits to open the sixth. Junior right-hander Matt Laliberte (New Port Richey, Fla.) came out of the bullpen and allowed four hits and walk as the Rams grabbed a 4-2 lead. In the seventh, FGCU rallied to cut the lead to 4-2 on a wild pitch but the Eagles stranded the potential tying run on second base.
The Eagles return to Swanson Stadium to host Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) on Friday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.