by Matt Collver
TUSCALOOSA, AL – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team swept the doubleheader over Stillman today. The Eagles won the games 4-1 and 15-3 to take the weekend series three games to one. With today’s wins FGCU is now 37-12 on the year with five games remaining in the regular season.
Junior Jason Kiley () won game one, pitching a seven-inning complete game to improve to 7-3. Kiley only allowed one run on seven hits while striking out three Stillman batters.
Stillman jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. That lead would last until the top of the fourth when the Eagles’ bats came alive. The Eagles scored four runs off of a two RBI triple by freshman Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) and RBI from sophomore Shawn Griffin (Hollywood, Fla.) and junior Geoff Rottmayer (Clearwater, Fla.). The 4-1 lead would last as solid pitching by Kiley kept Stillman scoreless as the Eagles picked up the game one win. Upchurch went three for four with two RBI and sophomore Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) added two hits.
Senior Troy Beall got the start for FGCU in the nightcap. Beall picked up fourth win, pitching three and two thirds innings while giving up three runs on six hits. Junior Matt Laliberte (New Port Richey, Fla.) and freshman Jordan Fischer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) came in relief for the Eagles. Both players pitched well as they shutout Stillman only allowing three hits for the final half of the game.
On the offensive side, the Eagles’ bats exploded as they scored 15 runs on 10 hits. FGCU scored six runs in the second and four in the third to cruise to their 37th victory of the season. The Eagles added to their lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings and three in the seventh. Griffin went four for five with one RBI in the game while senior Jason Louwsma added two hits and an RBI. Upchurch and senior Ian Manson (Plano, Texas) both knocked in three runs for the Eagles. In the series, Upchurch, who hit for the cycle yesterday, went nine for sixteen (.563) with four triples, a homerun, and 10 RBI.
The Eagles travel to Melbourne, Fla. Saturday for a three game series with Florida Tech. Saturday’s game starts at 3:00 pm with the doubleheader Sunday starting at noon.