Baseball Falls Short as FIT Scores 14 Runs
MELBOURNE, Fla – The Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team traveled to Melbourne this afternoon t begin a three-game weekend series with Florida Tech. The Eagles lost a high scoring battle with FIT 14-6 to drop to 37-13 on the year.
Junior right hander Justin Stiver (Englewood, Fla.) started the game for FGCU. Stiver got knocked around in six innings allowing ten runs on ten hits. With the loss, Stiver is now 6-4 on the season.
Freshman Jordan Fischer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) came in relief in the seventh to finish out the game for the Eagles.
The Eagles struck first, scoring one run in the second off of junior Geoff Rottmayer’s (Clearwater, Fla.) 11th homerun of the year. Florida Tech fought back, knocking in six runs in the bottom of the third inning. FIT would add to its 6-1 lead with one run in the fifth, three in the sixth, and four more in the seventh. The Florida Tech lead proved to be too much as the Eagles put up six runs but still fell short.
Senior Ian Manson (Plano, Texas) went four for five in the game with two RBI. Sophomore catcher, Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) went three for four and Rottmayer added two hits with two RBI. The other two Eagle runs came from a two RBI single by freshman lead-off hitter Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.).
FGCU plays Florida Tech tomorrow in a doubleheader that begins at noon with the nightcap starting about twenty minutes after the conclusion of the first game.