Eagles Baseball Picks Up Senior Day Win
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Left-hander Ryan Williams struck out 12 batters in five innings of relief while Shawn Griffin and Casey Coleman had three hits each to lead Florida Gulf Coast University to a 6-4 win over Rollins College in the South Region baseball finale for both teams at Swanson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
FGCU (39-15) must now anxiously await the decisions of the NCAA Division II Baseball Committee to learn its’ post-season fate. The championship selections are expected to be announced early Monday morning. The Eagles, who are in just their second season of post-season eligibility, are hoping to earn one of three at-large berths in the six-team South Regional. In all, 48 teams over eight regions will be chosen for this year’s national championship field.
Griffin (Hollywood, Fla.), a sophomore outfielder, went 3-for-4 with a run scored while the freshman Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) went 3-for-3 at second base before he came on to strike out the side in the ninth for his FGCU record fifth save of the season. Sophomore catcher Graig Smith (Venice, Fla.) had a pair of hits and three RBI while junior outfielder Geoff Rottmayer (Clearwater, Fla.) and senior DH Ian Manson (Plano, Texas) each belted home runs for the Eagles.
For the second time in as many days, the Eagles fell behind the Tars in the early innings. After leading 2-0 early on, Rollins snapped a 2-2 tie in the fourth with a pair of runs off Williams. But FGCU came back to score three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead. Rottmayer hit his team-leading 13th home run, a two-run shot, and Smith had an RBI single in the inning. Manson belted a solo home run to right field, his career-high eighth long ball, to make it 6-4 Eagles in the fifth.
Williams (5-1) moved into a tie for third on the school’s all-time win list with 13 after the stellar effort out of the bullpen. The Eagles win also tied the school-record for wins in their four-year program history. Rollins, which ends its season at 28-27, was led by Jesse More’s 3-for-5 effort. Reliever Jonathan Wano fell to 1-5.
Six seniors: Troy Beall, Chris Perry, Mike Mathews, Ian Manson, Ryan Williams and Jason Louwsma played in their final home games for FGCU.