MELBOURNE, Fla- The Florida Gulf Coast baseball team saw their three winning streak come to an end as the Eagles split a doubleheader with Florida Tech. The Eagles took game one 10-7, and lost game two 2-1.
Game one; Eagles fell behind in the first, giving up four runs on two hits in the first. The Eagles responded in the second when Junior Vinnie Scarduzio (Jupiter, Fla.) led the inning off with a walk. Senior Derek Mollica lied down a sac bunt to move Scarduzio to second. Two pitches later, Junior Victor Rodriguez (Cape Coral, Fla.) lined a single up the middle to jump start the Eagles offense. In the third, after Junior Greg Smith (Venice, Fla.) flied out to right field, Junior Stephen Rassel (Lake City, Fla.) and Sophomore Josh Upchurch (Cape Coral, Fla.) both doubled. Sophomore Casey Coleman (Cape Coral, Fla.) drives in Upchurch with a triple to right center. The Eagles don’t stop there; the next batter Junior Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) brings in Coleman with a line drive single to center to tie the game at four. In the fourth, the Eagles scored three more runs and take a two run lead after four innings of play. The score was tied at eight until after the seventh inning until the top of the eighth when Senior Derek Mollica (Boca Raton, Fla.) gave the Eagles the lead with a lead off homerun to leftfield. The Eagles added 2 more insurance to take game one 10-7.
J.J Crumbley (Tampa, Fla.) pitched 2.2 innings and strike out five, and improved his record to 3-0. Luis Pardo (Miami, Fla,) closed for the Eagles, and received his second save of the season.
Game two; The Eagles took the lead in third, scoring one run on single to right field by Junior Jason Peacock (Bartow, Fla.) that scored Junior Paul Fibbe (Jacksonville, Fla.). The Panthers scored two scattered runs and held the Eagle to only that one run, giving the Eagles their fourth lose of the season.
Jason Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.) received his second lose of the season as he pitched 6 innings, and only allowed one earned run on five hits, and struck out three. For the Panthers, Mike Piazza improved his record to 3-0.
The Eagles will be back in action tomorrow February 25th at 1:00pm in Melbourne, Fla., for game three against Florida Tech.