Errors Prove Costly in Eagles Baseball Loss
by Matt Collver
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The #9 Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles had 13 hits and scored 3 runs but were unable to defeat the Barry University Buccaneers Friday evening. The Eagles stumbled in the field with six errors as they lost the game by a score of 6-3 to drop to 27-8 on the year. FGCU also struggled to knock in runs as they left 11 runners on base in the game.
Junior right-hander Justin Stiver (Englewood, Fla.) started the game for the Eagles. Stiver pitched four innings striking out five Barry batters while allowing six runs, none of which were earned. With the loss Stiver’s record drops to 5-3 this season. Freshman lefty Richard Bleier (Plantation, Fla.) came in and pitched four solid shutout innings of relief action. Bleier struck out six batters and only gave up two hits.
Senior Ian Manson (Plano, Texas) and freshman Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) both went 3-4 on the night. Manson knocked in three runs including a solo shot that he demolished over the center field wall in the top of the eighth inning. He now has five home runs this season and 36 RBI. Senior Jason Louwsma (Sanford, Fla.) went 2-5 with his 20th double of the year.
The Eagles tied the game in the third as Manson ripped a double that scored freshman Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.). With the score tied at 1-1, Barry put four runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third after the Eagles made three key errors. The errors proved very costly as Barry took a 5-1 lead that became insurmountable for FGCU.
FGCU scored one run in the eighth off of Manson’s solo jack. With one last chance in the ninth, the Eagles were only able to put one on the board. Manson picked up his third RBI of the day as he knocked in sophomore Mike Cleghorn (Jacksonville, Fla.) from third. Down 6-3 with two outs and two runners on, junior Derek Mollica (Boca Raton, Fla.), grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.
The Eagles head back to Feinbloom Stadium tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader that begins at 1:00 pm.